Maine, NH senators: No new round of base closings

Posted Jan. 26, 2012, at 5 p.m.

KITTERY, Maine — Senators from Maine and New Hampshire are blasting a request by the Obama administration for Congress to authorize an additional round of base closings.

A joint statement by Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine and Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire says another round of base closings doesn’t make sense, either from a defense perspective or from a dollars and cents perspective.

They said Thursday that the 2005 base closings are just now being completed, and they said it’s already clear that costs were greater than projected and savings were lower than projected.

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard was spared in the last round of base closings, but Brunswick Naval Air Station was shut down. The flag was lowered in Brunswick on May 31.

 

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