Maine Politics

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Friday, March 25, 2005

Allen Fears Base Closures Imminent

From the AP:
"All three facilities are at substantial risk," [Congressman Tom] Allen, of Portland, told editors at the Kennebec Journal in Augusta.

Allen, who has been active in efforts by Maine´s congressional delegation to keep the military and shipbuilding installations open, said the military bases face the biggest threat of being closed.

Elected leaders from Maine have strongly criticized President Bush for not including anyone from New England on a nine-member commission that will recommend military base closures across the country this year.

Allen said he fears for the Portsmouth shipyard the most. The Kittery site has been on the list of possible closures before, and with no one from New England on the commission to defend the site, it might be put back on the list, he said.

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