Final 2020 defense bill includes two amendments by Sen. Kaine aimed at improving military housing conditions


WASHINGTON, D.C. (WAVY) — Two amendments proposed by U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine aimed at improving military housing have made it into the final 2020 defense bill.

This comes after Kaine made a stop in Norfolk and surrounding cities in March.

“I was in Norfolk in March, and I was visiting families that moved into military housing on the main Norfolk naval base,” Kaine said Wednesday. “You know, you are asking me from WAVY, you know this. People who come into these bases, they are often 19 or 20 years old. They are often moving completely across the country to a place where they know no one, and they were moving into units that hadn’t even been cleaned.”

The Senate and House of Representatives will vote on the final legislation.

“I’m proud that we were able to once again secure key wins for Virginia’s defense community in the NDAA, and I hope we can get this final bill across the finish line without delay,” he said.

The legislation, part of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), includes the two amendments addressing “dangerous” conditions in military family housing.

The first amendment would require the Department of Defense to make a move-out checklist to make sure tenants and military housing offices acknowledge any needed maintenance at the end of occupation.

The amendment would help military families who move into homes with “unsatisfactory maintenance conditions.” It would also help ensure tenants don’t get charged for maintenance that was caused by a previous tenant.

The second amendment proposed by Kaine would require the secretary of defense to work with local law enforcement to ensure military police can respond to military housing that isn’t located on a military installation.

“In the private sector, no one managing an apartment complex would have a tenant move out and then not do anything to clean or repair the unit until a new tenant moved in… because if they did that, their occupancy rate would plummet,” Kaine said. “These provisions will go a long way toward fixing the problem, but we know that from experience, the problems won’t be fixed unless we stay on it.”

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