OCEAN CITY, Md. (July 16, 2010) – Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown released the following statement today commending Senator Barbara Mikulski and the entire Maryland Congressional Delegation for advancing efforts to protect Maryland’s BRAC readiness:
“Maryland is BRAC ready in large part because of our partnerships and the strong leadership of Senator Barbara Mikulski and Team Maryland. As we prepare for the arrival of 60,000 BRAC jobs and to welcome nearly 30,000 new neighbors by September of next year, we must build on our partnerships with local and federal leaders to ensure that the state’s infrastructure is prepared for BRAC.
“The $220 million Senator Mikulski fought to protect for projects at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda will help put Marylanders to work, will keep hospital construction on track and will relieve congestion in the community.”
Senator Barbara Mikulski announced yesterday that the Senate Appropriates Committee approved the fiscal year 2011 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill and included $220.2 million for BRAC projects in Maryland. Specifically, the funding will support two projects at the National Naval Medical Center in Montgomery County, $192.6 million for the continued construction of the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center hospital and $27.6 million to mitigate traffic hot-spots near the entry to the Medical Center and improve access to the Medical Center Metro station.
Lt. Governor Brown chairs the Governor’s Subcabinet on BRAC and oversees Maryland’s BRAC preparations. BRAC will create as many as 60,000 jobs across the state between before 2015.