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Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Beale AFB Update:

BRAC Update from Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corporation
Today congressional leaders submitted their recommendations for appointments to the BRAC commission. As you may know, Congress recommends names for six of the nine commission members: The Speaker of the House and the Senate majority leader suggest two people apiece; the House and Senate minority leaders each recommend one nominee.

APPOINTMENTS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., named former Rep. James Bilbray, D-Nev. (1987-1995). Bilbray was a member of the Foreign Affairs, Armed Services and Intelligence committees during his years in the House.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., chose retired Army Gen. John G. Coburn, former commanding general of Army Material Command and the service's deputy chief of staff for Logistics, and retired Adm. Harold W. Gehman, Jr., former commander of Joint Forces Command and supreme allied commander of the Atlantic.
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., chose former Rep. James V. Hansen, R-Utah (1981-2003), and Samuel K. Skinner, an Illinois native who served as President George Bush's chief of staff and as Transportation secretary.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., submitted two names: former Rep. Vic Fazio, D-Calif. (1979-99) and Wade Sanders, a San Diego attorney and former deputy assistant secretary of the Navy.

NEXT STEP: The president must submit all nine nominees to the Senate for confirmation by March 15th.. By May 16, the secretary of Defense must recommend a list of bases for closure. The BRAC commissoin will then review the Pentagon list and makes its own recommendations to the president by Sept. 8. By Sept. 23, the president must approve or disapprove of the list.
If the president in September approves the commission's recommendations for base closures, Congress will have 45 legislative days after he submits the list - or adjournment sine die - to pass and win Bush's signature on a resolution of disapproval. Otherwise, the closures take effect.
If, on the other hand, the president disapproves of the commission's recommendations, the panel has until Oct. 20 to submit a revised list. The president then has until Nov. 7 to approve the list or the process ends.

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