CRIST REQUESTS CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON UNSAFE MILITARY HOUSING

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) sent a letter to Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of the Appropriations subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, requesting a congressional hearing on family housing in military installations. Congressman Crist voiced his continued concern for the health and safety of military families, include those residing at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, as they suffer from unsafe living conditions in poorly maintained family housing. Congressman Crist has been a champion of military housing reform after reporting by the Tampa Bay Times uncovered serious issues with privately managed on-base housing, including mold and other health hazards, that are putting military families at risk.

The full letter to Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz can be found here, the text of which appearing below.

December 12, 2019

 

The Honorable Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Chairwoman

Appropriations Committee

Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee

HT-2 The Capitol

Washington, DC 20515

 

Dear Chairwoman Wasserman Schultz,

I request a hearing in the House Appropriations Committee, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on family housing on military installations. Military families around the country, including at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL, continue to suffer from mold and other health hazards in poorly maintained and neglected family housing. I understand the military has taken actions to improve oversight and accountability of privatized housing. However, I remain concerned and more must be done.

Under your steadfast leadership, the MilCon-VA Subcommittee conducted its first hearing of the 116th Congress on this topic, and I support your continued attention to this critical issue.  As we approach the FY2021 budget cycle, I believe our Committee’s oversight responsibilities would be bolstered by another hearing, with witnesses appropriate for conducting proper oversight.

Thank you so much for your leadership fighting for safe housing for servicemembers and their families. I look forward to continuing to work together on this issue.

Sincerely,

 

Charlie Crist

UNITED STATES CONGRESSMAN

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