Kansas & Missouri Republicans Write Obama, No More Base Closings
February 27, 2012

A set of Republican Members of Congress, including several from Missouri and Kansas are calling for President Obama not to close any more military bases.
There are four major military posts in Kansas and Missouri, The Army bases in Ft. Leonard Wood, in Missouri. Kansas has Ft. Riley,
The Air Force has major bases in both states, Whiteman AFB in western Missouri and McConnell AFB in Wichita.
Kansas also has the Ft. Leavenworth military college.
The Missouri Representatives signing the letter include Rep.Vicky Hartzler, she represents the Mo-4 district, which has both Whiteman and Ft. Leonard Wood in her district.
Other Missourians signing the letter includes Reps. Todd Akin, Jo Ann Emerson and Blaine Luetkemyer.
Kansas Representative Lynn Jenkins also signed the letter. Ft. Riley is in her Ks-2 district.
A portion of the letter expresses alarm that the Obama administration may launch another round of military base closings, in an effort to reduce government spending.
The Representatives say that is “an ill-advised”strategy”.
The claim the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) project “is estimated to cost $37 billion to implement and the country will not realize net savings until 2018 at the earliest”.
The Representatives say another round of BRAC closings could cost more than it would save.