Congress has passed a compromise package on the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that included a provision temporarily freezing reductions to military housing benefits. Previous defense authorization bills set in motion a five percent overall reduction to the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). NMHC/NAA have long-raised concerns about the negative impacts of BAH cuts on privatized military housing projects and strongly supported this year’s provision to halt BAH reductions pending the completion of a report on the effects of benefits cuts to the Military Housing Privatization Initiative.
However, the bill currently has a funding problem, as it exceeds this year's budget caps by over $80 billion. In order to fully implement this year’s NDAA, Congressional leadership must reach a budget deal and pass an appropriations bill to match the higher NDAA spending levels. NMHC/NAA will continue to support full funding of military housing benefits and advocate for the preservation of privatize military housing.
- Congress Passes Defense Authorization Bill with Halt to Military Housing Benefits Cuts
- House Passes Defense Authorization Bill with Halt to Housing Benefits Cuts
- NMHC/NAA Weighs in on NDAA Supporting Privatized Military Housing
- NDAA 2019 Conference Letter
- Annual Defense Bill Clears House with Relief for Housing Providers