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Cardin Says Federal Budget Deal Will Not Affect BRAC Projects In Maryland

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Cardin's remarks came following a tour of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. The senator met with wounded vets and military personnel, most of whom will be affected by the BRAC or Base Realignment and Closure efforts designed to relocate hundreds of workers and patients from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in D.C. to the Bethesda naval hospital.

Cardin says he was confident federal lawmakers will strike a compromise before the Aug. 2 deadline.

He also says any budget deal would not compromise the $300 million in federal funding set a aside in April to help mitigate BRAC-related transportation and congestion problems in Bethesda.

The relocation, which is currently underway, is scheduled to be complete by September 15. While Cardin admits traffic problems will be unavoidable at the start, he's hopeful that the federal funding will help to reduce the congestion soon after the relocation is complete.


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