Congress approves military housing reforms

Congress on Tuesday approved more than $300 million to fund military housing reforms in a bid to end complaints of slum-like conditions for some of the 200,000 military families living on bases.

The measures were included in the National Defense Authorization Act, an annual military spending bill. The reforms amount to the biggest overhaul to the military’s housing system in two decades, Reuters reported.

The changes include ways to prevent landlord fraud, and protection from retaliation for people who report problems.

The reforms came after complaints about problems including mold and pest infestations, and Reuters reporting on poor living conditions.

“This would not have happened if the military had not turned its eye away from managing these contracts,” Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said.

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