The House has broadly pushed back on the Administration’s plans to roll back military pay and benefits. They are instead making surgical changes in response to the findings in the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission’s report released earlier this year. As a result, the House bill rejected a Department of Defense proposal to cut back the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) provided to service members to pay for housing when government housing is not available.
In the Senate, lawmakers included a five percent reduction to the BAH. They also made changes to related disbursements. These changes would severely reduce housing benefits for dual-military married couples and single service members living together.
NMHC/NAA have circulated letters to both chambers in support of the House package. We also continue to raise awareness among lawmakers about the negative impacts of any BAH reduction.
- 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