Fed up with mold, vermin and lead, House budget plan adds $140 million for military housing fixes
By: Leo Shane III
April 30, 2019
President Donald Trump has asked for a $750 billion budget with extra funding for his controversial southern border wall project. Many Republicans on Capitol Hill have voiced support for the plan, but Democrats have vowed to oppose it, and control the majority in the House.
Mold and mildew are shown on the ceiling of buildings at U.S. Army Garrison Fort Lee in Virginia. (Terrance Bell/Army)House Democrats want to add $140 million to the president’s military construction budget for next year to help improve the quality of family housing across the force.
On Tuesday, lawmakers from the House Appropriations Committee offered their first draft of the fiscal 2020 military construction spending bill, which includes an increase of almost 2 percent above last year’s enacted levels.
The majority of that boost will address issues “such as mold, vermin and lead in military family housing.” The topic has been a major focus of both chambers in recent months, since news reports emerged about serious problems at privatized military housing across the country.
About 2 million individuals are currently housed through the military’s privatized housing program.
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