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House Bill Lays Foundation for Future Base Closings

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Smith, left, the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, plans to present an amendment to the Defense authorization bill that would initiate another BRAC round.

Even if the final defense authorization bill includes only the House Armed Services Committee’s language, defense policy experts both on and off Capitol Hill see it as significant progress for a department that has failed to sell a reticent Congress on base closures.

Frank Oliveri contributed to this report.

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