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April 17, 1991
If there is one thing that gives members of Congress more heartburn than raising their own salaries, it is having home-district military bases closed on their watch. In 1988, there were anguished cries when an 86-base hit list was issued by the Pentagon. Yet three years later, we find that only one installation has closed for good.Last year Defense Secretary Dick Cheney came up with a new list of proposed base closings that deservedly got nowhere on Capitol Hill. Its impact was almost exclusively directed at Democratic-controlled congressional districts.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2013
Capt. Thomas L. MacKenzie, a retired career Navy officer who was a staff member of the House Armed Services Committee, died Sept. 27 at Alexandria Hospital in Alexandria, Va., of complications from a fall. The Alexandria resident was 65. The son of a government worker and a homemaker, Thomas L. MacKenzie was born in Baltimore and raised in Overlea. He was a 1966 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School and earned a degree in aerospace engineering from the Naval Academy in 1970.
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January 8, 1993
In the wake of the Tailhook scandal, President-elect Clinton would be well-advised to appoint a woman as secretary of the Navy. He has an excellent candidate in former Maryland Rep. Beverly B. Byron, a veteran Democratic member of the House Armed Services Committee who chaired its personnel subcommittee, a panel in charge of 42 percent of Navy authorizations.Maryland, the site of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, has a long seafaring tradition, and so does Mrs. Byron. Her father, Capt.
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By Paul West, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2010
Roscoe Bartlett is a Maryland original. The state's only Republican in Congress is a charter member of the House tea party caucus. Yet he boasts that he's personally directed more than half a billion dollars in earmarked federal spending, much of it to his district, which sprawls from the banks of the Susquehanna in the east to the West Virginia border. His conservative voting record tracks the party line, but he broke with President George W. Bush and almost sounds like a liberal in criticizing U.S. involvement in Afghanistan.
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By Richard H. P. Sia and Richard H. P. Sia,Washington Bureau | December 16, 1993
WASHINGTON -- Retired Adm. Bobby Inman is reportedly President Clinton's choice to succeed Defense Secretary Les Aspin, who was apparently forced out yesterday after a brief but tumultuous tenure as Pentagon chief.White House sources said last night that the announcement of a replacement for Mr. Aspin could come as early as today.Mr. Inman, a 62-year-old Texas native who retired from the Navy in 1981, was director of the National Security Agency during President Jimmy Carter's administration and assistant director of the Central Intelligence Agency during President Ronald Reagan's administration.
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By Patrick Tyler and Patrick Tyler,SUN STAFF | June 20, 2004
More than 200 Republicans from Harford County and beyond assembled Friday night in the main hangar of Forest Hill Industrial Air Park for a Lincoln Day Dinner to promote the party in Harford County. The dinner was sponsored by the Republican Central Committee of Harford County and is an annual event for the group. The featured event was a speech by Rep. H. James Saxton, 59, from New Jersey's 3rd District, who has served in the House of Representatives since 1985. Saxton is the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee's Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee.
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By Adam Schreck and Adam Schreck,LOS ANGELES TIMES | March 29, 2007
WASHINGTON -- Moved by reports of shoddy outpatient conditions and tangled bureaucracy at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and other facilities, House lawmakers lined up yesterday to unanimously support a bill that promises to improve medical care for the nation's service members and veterans. The bipartisan measure, known as the Wounded Warriors Assistance Act, rocketed through the House of Representatives after its introduction two weeks ago. Of the 435 House members, 426 were on hand to support the bill, with some scrambling at the last minute to be counted in support of the troops.
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By Cox News ServiceKnight-Ridder News Service | March 28, 1993
WASHINGTON -- When House hearings on the ban against homosexuals in the military begin this week, some high-profile witnesses -- the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who favor keeping the ban -- will be missing.The only active uniformed witness scheduled to testify before the House Armed Services Committee is Petty Officer Keith Meinhold, who was recently discharged from the Navy because he is gay. A federal judge later ordered the Navy to reinstate Petty Officer Meinhold.The decision to exclude the Joint Chiefs was made by the committee chairman, Ronald V. Dellums, a California Democrat whom many in the military view warily.
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By JEANE KIRKPATRICK | April 6, 1993
So far neither President Clinton nor Defense Secretary Les Aspin has told us how the proposed defense budget will buy the security this country needs. So far they have told us only that they plan to cut twice as much from the defense budget as candidate Clinton said he would and that they rely on defense cuts to pay for 85 percent of the administration's projected deficit reductions.Specific decisions about what is to be cut will come after their ''bottom-up'' comprehensive review of defense needs.
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By Noam N. Levy and Noam N. Levy,LOS ANGELES TIMES | February 14, 2007
WASHINGTON -- Four and a half years after Congress authorized the U.S. invasion of Iraq, House Democrats challenged White House war policy yesterday with a lengthy debate of a brief resolution opposing President Bush's policy of sending more troops. "In a few days, in fewer than 100 words, we will take our country in a new direction in Iraq," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, said on the House floor as she kicked off the debate. Pelosi and others in the Democratic majority have promised that their nonbinding resolution will be just the first step in an aggressive legislative drive to end the war. Republicans - though powerless as the minority to stop the measure - heaped scorn on what they said was a meaningless gesture that would lead to defeat in Iraq while emboldening America's terrorist foes.
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By Paul West and Paul West,paul.west@baltsun.com | June 10, 2009
WASHINGTON - -House Republicans passed over Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett of Maryland yesterday in choosing a new top Republican for the Armed Services Committee. The powerful post of ranking Republican went to Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon of California, a more junior member of the panel. He replaces Rep. John M. McHugh of New York, who was selected by President Barack Obama to be the next Army secretary. The closed-door decision was a vote of no confidence in Bartlett by the Republican leadership, which usually follows seniority in assigning key positions.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Matthew Hay Brown and Timothy B. Wheeler and Matthew Hay Brown,Sun reporters | December 12, 2007
The cost of the Pentagon's sweeping nationwide shake-up of military bases, including Aberdeen Proving Ground and Fort Meade, has soared nearly 50 percent overall in the past two years, while savings from consolidating defense operations might have been overestimated, says a new report to Congress. The Government Accountability Office, an investigative arm of Congress, says the Defense Department's cost estimates for its largest base shuffle ever have climbed from $21 billion to $31 billion since the plan was unveiled in 2005.
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October 11, 2007
WASHINGTON -- Maryland's congressional delegation defended yesterday the process that will move thousands of military jobs to the state as cost-effective and good for the country, after criticism from other states that spawned an oversight hearing. The federal base realignment and closure plan will ultimately save the military millions of dollars, eliminating duplication of services, improving national defense and improving efficiency, said Heather Moeder Molino, deputy chief of staff for Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, a Baltimore County Democrat.
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By Adam Schreck and Adam Schreck,LOS ANGELES TIMES | March 29, 2007
WASHINGTON -- Moved by reports of shoddy outpatient conditions and tangled bureaucracy at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and other facilities, House lawmakers lined up yesterday to unanimously support a bill that promises to improve medical care for the nation's service members and veterans. The bipartisan measure, known as the Wounded Warriors Assistance Act, rocketed through the House of Representatives after its introduction two weeks ago. Of the 435 House members, 426 were on hand to support the bill, with some scrambling at the last minute to be counted in support of the troops.
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By Noam N. Levy and Noam N. Levy,LOS ANGELES TIMES | February 14, 2007
WASHINGTON -- Four and a half years after Congress authorized the U.S. invasion of Iraq, House Democrats challenged White House war policy yesterday with a lengthy debate of a brief resolution opposing President Bush's policy of sending more troops. "In a few days, in fewer than 100 words, we will take our country in a new direction in Iraq," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, said on the House floor as she kicked off the debate. Pelosi and others in the Democratic majority have promised that their nonbinding resolution will be just the first step in an aggressive legislative drive to end the war. Republicans - though powerless as the minority to stop the measure - heaped scorn on what they said was a meaningless gesture that would lead to defeat in Iraq while emboldening America's terrorist foes.
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By Patrick Tyler and Patrick Tyler,SUN STAFF | June 20, 2004
More than 200 Republicans from Harford County and beyond assembled Friday night in the main hangar of Forest Hill Industrial Air Park for a Lincoln Day Dinner to promote the party in Harford County. The dinner was sponsored by the Republican Central Committee of Harford County and is an annual event for the group. The featured event was a speech by Rep. H. James Saxton, 59, from New Jersey's 3rd District, who has served in the House of Representatives since 1985. Saxton is the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee's Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Matthew Hay Brown and Timothy B. Wheeler and Matthew Hay Brown,Sun reporters | December 12, 2007
The cost of the Pentagon's sweeping nationwide shake-up of military bases, including Aberdeen Proving Ground and Fort Meade, has soared nearly 50 percent overall in the past two years, while savings from consolidating defense operations might have been overestimated, says a new report to Congress. The Government Accountability Office, an investigative arm of Congress, says the Defense Department's cost estimates for its largest base shuffle ever have climbed from $21 billion to $31 billion since the plan was unveiled in 2005.
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | August 1, 2002
The day after a political group announced that it successfully helped put a referendum on the ballot in November to shrink the Baltimore City Council, the organization complained that city officials were threatening to retaliate financially. Mayor Martin O'Malley, City Council President Sheila Dixon and others discussed yesterday the possibility of ending $50,000 a year in grants that the city gives to Acorn Housing Corp., which provides housing counseling to low-income people. The counseling group is allied with but legally separate from the political group ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now)
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