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Chambers Differ on Vital Military Housing Benefit; House Defies White House

Military Housing Benefit

The House has openly defied the Obama Administration’s plans to roll back military compensation by broadly rejecting the Department of Defense (DoD) proposal to slow the growth of the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) – a vital military housing benefit – in its defense spending bill for FY 2015. This move by the House is notably different from the Senate’s legislation, which would move forward with changes to the program, limiting increases to below the rate of inflation. 

A BAH reduction could seriously jeopardize military housing by increasing out-of-pocket costs for service members, and negatively impact housing options and real estate investments serving the military. Ultimately, the House bill deferred consideration of compensation matters until a related comprehensive review is completed in February 2015. NAA/NMHC were successful in including language calling specific attention to the impacts on the BAH in this review process.  

NAA/NMHC will continue to advocate for the DoD to fully study the impacts of a BAH reduction and for them to consult with private-sector stakeholders throughout the process before modifying the program.

Provided by NMHC as part of the NAA/NMHC Joint Legislative Program