Lawmakers to Look at Quality of Life Issues; Other Capitol Hill Hearings This Week

Lawmakers to Look at Quality of Life Issues; Other Capitol Hill Hearings This Week

The House Armed Services Personnel subcommittee will mark up its portion of the fiscal 2020 defense authorization bill Tuesday, ahead of the full committee’s markup, scheduled for June 12.

The subcommittee, led by Chairwoman Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), seeks to increase support and resources for military spouse employment, address widespread problems in privatized military housing, and authorize the administration’s request for 7,700 additional troops, according to a CQ report.

It also authorizes a 3.1% military pay raise in fiscal 2020, the largest in a decade.

For military spouses, the legislation would increase from $500 to $1000 the amount DOD can reimburse spouses for earning new certifications and licenses when moving from base to base.

New privatized military housing language would require the Pentagon to study how to reduce and prevent mold in its privatized housing and create a new scale on home health hazards, including lead-based paint and other dangers.

The House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee will also address military housing in its NDAA legislation markup Wednesday.

Here is a roundup of lawmakers’ important defense activity taking place on Capitol Hill this week:

  • Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing for Air Force Gen. Jay Raymond, commander, Air Force Space Command, to lead the new U.S. Space Command, Tues., 9:30 a.m.
  • House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity oversight hearing on the effectiveness of VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) programs, Tues., 10:30 a.m.
  • House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee markup of its fiscal 2020 NDAA legislation, Weds., 9 a.m.
  • Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee closed-door hearing on defense innovation and research funding, Weds., 10 a.m.

Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Isaiah Gomez


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