Webb Introduces Legislation to Freeze Action on JFCom
Virginia’s U.S. Congressional delegation is continuing to work with Governor Bob McDonnell to stop U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gate’s recommendation to close the Joint Forces Command in Norfolk. Craig Carper reports.
Senator Jim Webb will be introducing legislation requiring Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to provide full justification to the Congress on the necessity of closing JFCom.
Webb: Any proposal to close or realign a major command should be guided by an analytical basis that everyone can understand. This is particularly important since Secretary Gates has said that he will consider consolidating or closing other military bases and facilities across the country. This is fully consistent with Congress’ Constitutional oversight responsibility.
Webb has also asked the White House to postpone any decision on the matter until Congress has had a chance to review the matter with Gates.
Senator Mark Warner says Virginia’s Congressional delegation is eager to defend the importance of JFCom.
Warner: We know we can win this business case that these functions need to be maintained, for the health of the war fighter and that these functions in terms of having jointness actually saves money in the long run.
The closure of JFCom will eliminate roughly 6,000 jobs in the Commonwealth and end hundreds of defense contracts with Virginia companies.
Craig Carper, WCVE News