VIDEO: Heinrich Presses Military Leaders On Improving Military Housing Conditions

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 7, 2019) – Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned top military leaders during a Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) hearing on the chain of command’s accountability to provide safe military housing and other building infrastructure to servicemembers and their families.

VIDEO: Heinrich Presses Military Leaders On Improving Military Housing Conditions

Recent reports have revealed the pervasive and dismal living conditions that thousands of military members and their families are subjected to on military bases across the country.

During the hearing, Senator Heinrich emphasized the need for a universal code of standard for buildings that can be enforced by the service branches or local inspectors. He raised the challenges military installations face in addressing concerns because of the lack of universal standardization. Heinrich also advocated for a tenant’s bill of rights and using that as a tool to address issues with private contractors.
 
Heinrich also questioned officials on how to improve the tracking system for complaints and ensure that servicemembers and families can raise concerns without fear of retribution.

A list of witnesses and testimony, and the archived webcast of today's hearing will be available here.