The House voted 223 to 186 to toughen pending legislation (HR 4481) to expedite the closing of obsolete military bases. The vote adopted an amendment that minimizes congressional and bureaucratic obstacles to Pentagon plans to close surplus bases. It eliminated the possibility of closures being blocked by lengthy environmental and economic studies, and it enabled the Pentagon to begin shutdowns without having to wait for Congress to vote advance approval.
The bill was sent to conference with the Senate on a non-record vote. It empowers a Pentagon commission to come up with a list of proposed closings by the end of the year. The defense secretary would order elimination of all or none of the targeted bases. Congress could block closures only if both houses passed a resolution of disapproval and, if the resolution were vetoed, by mustering two-thirds majorities in each chamber to override the veto.
Members voting yes favored the tougher of two pending procedures for closing obsolete military bases.
How They Voted Yea Nay No vote Rep. Gallegly (R) x Rep. Lagomarsino (R) x
By a vote of 286 to 136, the House passed and sent to the White House a bill (S 2527) requiring employers of 100 or more workers to give 60 days notice of plans to lay off at least 50 workers or close plants and places of business.