Only months later did we learn why. In an April hearing this year, U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer explained that when he heard that PAX had reached agreement with us, he called the Navy and "put a hold" on it. Mr. Hoyer and former Del. John Bohanan, who also serves as Mr. Hoyer's senior advisor, then launched an assault on the project. First, they tried to enact a state law to block the project, which would have passed but for the leadership of Gov. Martin O'Malley, Comptroller Peter Franchot and others like newly elected Attorney General Brian Frosh, who saw the bill for what it really was. Next they enlisted Sen. Barbara Mikulski to introduce non-binding language in the Senate directing DOD not to sign the agreement.