The U.S. House is about to debate whether to have an independent commission pursue a new round of military base closures. It’s reasonable that lawmakers hold that debate. Congress is struggling to put together an adequate defense budget, since the wide-ranging needs exceed available funds. The Pentagon supports creation of the commission, pointing to a report it issued last year, concluding that the military is 22 percent over capacity regarding its base facilities. Here at home, the major investments and high-priority duties at Offutt Air Force Base position it well against such scrutiny. Construction of the new, $1.2 billion StratCom headquarters is underway, for example, and the Air Force has agreed to a $55 million upgrade of the runway. It’s in the national interest for Congress to hold this debate.

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