1. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, Massachusetts delegation, working to preserve military bases including Barnes, Westover | masslive.com

    U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, Massachusetts delegation, working to preserve military bases including Barnes, Westover | masslive.com

    U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, said he expects another Base Realignment and Closure Commission to start the work in 2015 of deciding which military bases to close and which to keep open. The military's footprint will shrink, he said, despite recent budget deal that reversed some, but not all, the federal sequester budget cuts to the U.S. Department of Defense.  'Nonetheless there are cuts that will be coming in defense,” Neal said. “If the Pentagon has to figure out how to move money around in the budget we want to be preemptive.”

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    1. Nonetheless there are cuts that will be coming in defense.
    2. We would lose the 24/7 fire protection at the airport.
    3. When you are looking to cut costs, everything has to be as price-competitive as it can be.
    4. We are continuing to work with each of the installations to identify ways we can help.