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Newport Chemical Depot
Several Vulnerable House Members Face Base Closure Hits
Reshuffling at bases concerns residents
Contractor Ramps Up Pace of VX Destruction
Crane to See Jobs Cuts Under Pentagon Proposal
Crane to lose jobs, but state will gain other military jobs under Pentagon proposal
Several Vulnerable House Members Face Base-Closure Hits
Vulnerable House incumbents have much at stake with the Pentagon's release of its Base
Realignment and Closure list today. The district of Rep. Rob Simmons, R-Conn. -- a perennial
Democratic target -- was perhaps the biggest jobs loser with the Pentagon's recommendation that
the New London Submarine Base be closed, at a projected expense of nearly 7,100 military and
more than 950 civilian jobs. Simmons, a member of the Armed Services Committee, called the
recommendation an "outrage" and vowed to fight it. "The recommendation to close the subase
cannot stand, and we are determined to fight, and we are going to win," Simmons said.
Other potentially vulnerable House members who face possible military and civilian job losses in
their districts include Reps. John Barrow, D-Ga., Stephanie Herseth, D-S.D., John Hostettler, R-
Ind., and Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D. The recommended closure of the Naval Supply Corps School
could cost the Athens, Ga., area about 500 military and civilian jobs and hinder Barrow's bid for
re-election under a GOP redistricting map. Herseth faces the closure of Ellsworth Air Force Base
and an air guard station at a cost of nearly 3,700 jobs. The proposed closure of the Newport
Chemical Depot and a naval support realignment could cost Hostettler's district nearly 1,000
jobs. Pomeroy faces a realignment of the Grand Forks Air Force Base, which could mean the net
loss of more than 2,600 jobs. Rep. Louis (Louie) Gohmert, R-Texas, who won his seat last year
by ousting Democratic Rep. Max Sandlin, faces 2,500 lost jobs -- nearly all of them civilian -- at
the Red River Army Depot. Rep. Tom Allen, D-Maine, could lose 2,500 military and nearly
4,100 civilian posts with the closure of Portsmouth Naval Yard and the realignment of the
Brunswick Naval Air Station.
Not all House ncumbents are job losers under the Pentagon's BRAC recommendations. Rep.
Robin Hayes, R-N.C., could benefit from the more than 4,300 net jobs Fort Bragg is slated to pick
up. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., is also ajobs winner, as Fort Sill and Tinker Air Force Base are
slated to pick up nearly 4,000 jobs. Rep. Jim Gibbons, R-Nev., who is running for governor, will
lose some jobs if an army depot is closed, but those will be more than offset by about 1,400 jobs
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