Lawmakers Praise Spouses for Speaking Up on Housing Concerns

Lawmakers Praise Spouses for Speaking Up on Housing Concerns

Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) told executives of top private on-base housing companies that he is concerned that poor housing conditions only came to light when military families spoke up.

“The Pentagon didn’t come to Congress and say, ‘We have a problem.’ You didn’t come to Congress and say, ‘We have a problem,’” he told the executives during a Thursday hearing, Military Times reported. “Instead, military families got squeezed. It was military spouses who stepped up. That’s a shame on you, and a shame on the Pentagon.”

During tough questioning, the executives outlined steps they are taking to improve housing conditions, adjust their internal policies and compensate some military families.

Air Force photo of Rep. Anthony Brown by Staff Sgt. Lynette M. Rolen

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