Statement from Hatch Election Committee Chairman Dave Hansen Regarding Today's Defense Reduction Announcement Including a Proposed BRAC
Salt Lake City, UT – Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced today that as part of his strategy for defense department reductions, he will be asking Congress for approval for a new BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure ) process putting Hill Air Force Base once again in an uncertain position.
"Secretary Panetta's announcement today underscores the need to keep Senator Hatch in office working for our state and using the clout and positions he has attained in Congress for Utah," stated Dave Hansen, campaign chairman for the Hatch Election Committee. "We have been down this road before and Senator Hatch worked tirelessly, against huge odds, to keep Hill Air Force open and operating as one of the most efficient and productive military installations in our arsenal.
"His work on Hill and Utah's other military bases has been recognized from the Generals he regularly meets with, to the employees who work every day in Utah's defense industry. With the future of so many jobs and a premier air force base uncertain—it would be foolish to lose one of Utah's greatest defense champions.
"Utah will need the seniority and influence of Senator Hatch to protect the tens of thousands of Air Force jobs that are vital to Utah's economy. Unfortunately, Democrats will play politics with the base closure decisions and will favor the bases in the larger, blue states which bring them votes. Senator Hatch is uniquely positioned to fight off the liberal establishment and keep the Air Force Base in Utah where it belongs.
"BRAC rounds are comprised of the highest political stakes. It would be tragic to go through another BRAC round without the hard work, tenacity, and unwavering advocacy and influence of Senator Hatch in Congress to ensure Utah's interests are represented at the highest levels."