Senator Casey defends PA military bases from cuts

Written by The Associated Press | May 16, 2013 12:45 PM

(Washington) -- Pennsylvania's senior U.S. senator is asking a Senate committee to forgo the process of looking at potential closures of military installations as part of Defense Department cutbacks.

The Senate Armed Services Committee is scheduled to take up the issue when it considers a defense funding bill. Democrat Bob Casey, in a letter today, told committee leaders that the last round of closures proved more costly and less effective over time.

He also said the committee should first consider closing outdated bases overseas.

Military installations in the midstate include the Letterkenny Army Depot in Franklin County, the Carlisle Barracks in Cumberland County and Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County.

The Philadelphia Navy shipyard and the Willow Grove Naval Air Station Base in suburban Philadelphia were lost in previous rounds of base closures.

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