WASHINGTON -- The House voted overwhelmingly today to allow the first round of U.S. military base closures and consolidations in a decade, clearing the way for facilities across the country -- including Springfield's 183rd Fighter Wing -- to start shifting resources or shutting their doors as early as next month.Thanks agian, George! The presidency that just keeps on giving. Worst. President. Ever.
In a 324-85 vote, the House refused to veto the final report of the 2005 base-closing commission, meaning the report seems all but certain to become law in mid-November. Targeted facilities then would have six years to close their doors and shift forces as required under the report.
Both the House and Senate must pass resolutions rejecting the report to stop the Pentagon's sweeping restructuring of its far-flung domestic base network. But, as expected, the House effort by Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Ill., failed. And there's no similar attempt under way in the Senate.
Oh, and Springfieldians, can you think of another decision that has detrimentally affected the city more in recent years? I can’t. Maybe it’s time to rethink blind Republican loyalty in 2006 and 2008.