Inhofe, Reed Announce Next Hearing on Privatized Military Housing

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced a full committee hearing today to examine the role the chain of command has in providing safe and healthy housing for military families.

“Earlier this month, I heard compelling testimony from military families and read statements from dozens more who have endured horrific living conditions,” Inhofe said. “One of the recurring, heartbreaking sentiments was that families felt they had no advocate within the military to ensure they had high-quality, affordable housing. That is unacceptable and we need to ensure that the chain of command appropriately supports these families entrusted to their care. We’ll hear from Secretaries of each service branch, as well as from their Chiefs of Staff, about how they plan to make needed reforms.”

“Our troops and their families sacrifice so much,” Reed said. “They deserve the very best and it is this committee’s duty to find ways to better serve them.  The first military housing hearing was an eye opener and this one will help us continue to make progress and press for answers and solutions.”

The notice and witness list for the hearing can be viewed online here.

On February 13th, the SASC held a joint hearing with the Personnel and Readiness Subcommittees on conditions in privatized military housing. You can view a recording of the hearing here.