(?~ ~ongressional Record
United States DEBATES OF THE 89th CONGRESS, FIRST SESSION
of America PROCEEDINGS AND
WASHINGTON, MONDAY, JUNE 21, 1965 No. 111
Mr. SALTONSTALL. Mr. President,
will the Senator yield?
Mr. STENNIS. I am glad to yield to
the Senator from Ma.s5achusett.s. who Is
the senior member of the committee
· from the other aide of the aisle. The
Senator from Ma.s5achu.sett.s renders
most valuable service on our committee
' year after year and on bill after bill.
Por that I wish publicly to thank him.
Mr. SALTONSTALL. I appreciate
what the Senator has said. because what
I do I do under his guidance and with
his help. As acting chairman. he Is certainly
a conscientious and a hard workIng
While we thought It would be unwise
to retain section 608 for the reasons that
the Senator has stated, we 11hould make
clear that we Included In the report some
very strong !G.nguage as to the notice that
the Congress should have. I should like
to quota one sentence.
Mr. STENNIS. I should be glad to
have the Senator read the !G.nguage In
the report to which he hM referred, foc
It Is pertinent to his remarks.
Mr. SALTONSTALL. The language
Is M follows:
The committee restates with emphulo Its
view that these changes ahould be scheduled
"nd announced ao f~half of my dlstlngulshed colleague
from Montana I Mr. METCALF] and
myself, because In January of this year
the newest Air Force base In the country
was closed. Since the House Pa.s5ed Ita
military construction bill, Senator METCALF
and I have received a number of
inquiries from Glasgow and vicinity urr-ln!!
our support of section 608 < b >. .
Would I be COITect.-and this 111 merely
for Pmphasis--that on the basis of the
explanation given by the distinguished
Senator from Mississippi [Mr. STENNIS],'
the acting chairman of the committee
and manager of the blll, even had sectlo.n
608Cbl been In the bill it would not have .
affected the closing order that had been.'
Mr. STENNIS. The Senator 111 abao- ,
lutely correct. ·
Mr. SALTONSTALL. Mr. Prel!ldent,
wlll the Senator yield on the same point? .
Mr. STENNIS. I yield to the Senator ,
Mr. SAL TONST ALL. The lanlr\)age of
sectwn 608 states clearly that the Becre- ,
tary of Defense or the mllltary depart- .
mcnt concerned may not clooe, substan- ·
tlally reduce. or consolldate any mllitary
camp, base. or station.
Mr. MANSFIELD. In the future.
Mr. SALTONSTALL. In the future. ·
It does not say "in U1e future," but obviously
the Interpretation Ia the future, 11
one reads Into it also the languag~
If during &uch period & resolution l.o reported
by either of the&e &ubcommltt.eeo ot.at- .
lng that the proposed action with respect to
the cloomre. substantial reduction. or coJUOIIdatlon
&hould be rejected by the reaolylnc ,
Hou•e becau•e If carried out It would In t.be
judgment of the said resolving Houae tend to
lmpnlr the defenae of the Unlt.ed Stateo. '
It one takCI! those words Into account,
I would agree 100 percent with the !nterprctatlOn
of the acting chairman or
the committee. I read from page 49
of the report:
TI>e Congre~~~ must provide the neceaaary
authorl:r.ntlon and appropriations be!ore
bi\Jirs can be established and Improved, and ·
It hns ll profound ln~rest In Judgment. that·
result In termination of actlvltlr.o eetabllehed
pursuant to lUI approvRI. With reuonllble
nnd 11dcqunte notice the Congreu will
hnve Rn opportunity to expre1111 a judgment
on bMe reduction propoeala that It dlaap- .
Obviously, that Is an Interpretation for
future and clcnrs up any doubt about the
interpretation of section 608.
Mr. MANSFIELD. In other worcll!, to
emphasize the point, even under section
608(bl M pa.s5ed by the Hou.se there
would be no appltca.Uon, to be apecl.ftc,
to the Glasgow Air Fo!"'e Bo..se 1n
Mr. BALTONSTALL. That would 'be
Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 43, Folder 16, Mansfield Library, University of Montana
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