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Fri Mar 8, 2019, 07:39 AM

Senator Blumenthal seeks criminal investigation of shoddy military housing

Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. senators demanded accountability for slum-like housing conditions on military bases across the country Thursday, with one calling for a criminal investigation of private landlords granted vast power over tenant housing.

“There are clear indications of fraud,” Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal said during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, drawing applause from the crowd. “I would recommend that these issues be referred to the United States Department of Justice.”

Blumenthal did not offer details during the hearing. Yet other senators described military families being charged questionable fees or being sickened by dangerous housing conditions. Last month, a survey of military families found deep dissatisfaction, countering a far rosier picture of tenant satisfaction presented by private contractors managing base housing.

During Thursday’s hearing, the secretaries and chiefs of staff overseeing the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines told Congress of the steps they are taking to resolve escalating complaints of substandard housing. The Senate hearings were prompted by a Reuters investigation detailing health and safety concerns afflicting base housing, and describing how military families are armed with few rights to challenge powerful private industry landlords.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-military-command/senator-blumenthal-seeks-criminal-investigation-of-shoddy-military-housing-idUSKCN1QO2ID



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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Mar 8, 2019, 08:32 AM

1. Millions for unnecessary walls, nada for decent military housing.

Meanwhile, I just posted on that story about the lobster tails the military spent millions on.

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Response to Vinca (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 8, 2019, 09:12 AM

2. tRump has persuaded the Pentagon to raid soldiers' pay & pension funds for the Vanity Wall. . . . nt

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Mar 8, 2019, 10:27 AM

3. About time.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Mar 8, 2019, 03:10 PM

4. Tell him to come see Ft. Wainwright. nt

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