The Rigell Report: Military Housing
My top four priorities in Congress are creating jobs, cutting spending, defending our men and women in uniform, and bringing meaningful change to Washington. Today I want to share with you my newest effort to defend those who selflessly defend our country.
Our men and women in uniform deserve to have the peace of mind that comes with having safe and clean living conditions for their families. Unfortunately, there have been instances in our region where this has not been the case. Over the last several months, the Navy has been diligent in addressing concerns raised by residents housed in units managed by private companies in our area, and I am pleased to report that tremendous progress has been made by the Navy and the private company involved.
Our job in Congress is to make sure we don’t find ourselves in this situation again. That’s why I will soon be introducing the Military Housing Oversight and Accountability Act, which will give the military clear authority to manage and oversee all military housing privatization projects around the world not only when they are built or remodeled, but also in the sustainment phase. This will let the Services be more involved in tracking the maintenance of these properties, which will help ensure that our military members’ homes are kept up to the standards that I would want for my own home and family.
We are fortunate to live in a part of the country where heroes cross our paths every day – whether on their way to work at the various military installations in our district; or at our neighborhood grocery stores and gas stations; or supporting their children at soccer games and holiday concerts at our local schools. Being a strong advocate for our men and women in uniform is not a Republican priority or a Democrat priority. It is an AMERICAN priority. I am pleased to report that this legislation already has bipartisan support, and we believe that it will become law this year.
Mindful that I work for you, I remain
Yours in Freedom,