ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 18, 2011) – Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown released the following statement today praising the Maryland Congressional Delegation for their work in securing $300 million for BRAC-related transportation projects:
“I cannot overstate how important this long overdue federal funding is to our troops and their families, to the Bethesda community, and to Maryland’s economy. The traffic improvement projects that can now move forward will help our wounded servicemen and women access the care they need while at same time creating jobs and easing congestion in Montgomery County. I would like to thank Senator Mikulski, Senator Cardin, Congressman Van Hollen, and the entire Maryland Congressional Delegation for their hard work and dedication in securing these critical funds.”
The fiscal year 2011 Continuing Resolution, signed into law last week, included $300 million for BRAC-related transportation mitigation efforts for the future Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda (currently the Bethesda National Naval Medical Center) and the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Virginia. Both installations and their surrounding communities stand to be heavily impacted by the 2005 BRAC-mandated consolidation, which is set to conclude in September 2011.
Lt. Governor Brown is Chair of the Governor’s BRAC Subcabinet and leads the O’Malley-Brown administration’s efforts to prepare the physical infrastructure and human capital to ensure a smooth BRAC transition.