Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain has considered the possibility of military base closures and consolidation to support the reduction of wasted Defense Department funds, The Hill newspaper reported Tuesday.
Kristina Wong writes McCain and Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island) have discussed the issue of base closure and realignment which will potentially consolidate excess military bases.
“I think we have to examine all of the options that we have to make our military, our defense at the lowest possible cost to the American taxpayers,” said McCain.
“We must continue our reform efforts to make the Department of Defense more effective and efficient, while cutting wasteful spending.”
Lawmakers from both the Democratic and Republican parties have voted against the consolidation of military bases because of the potential negative impact such actions could bring on local communities and constituents.