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Foxx legislation to improve NC military housing passes House

Program will help enhance barracks conditions at Fort Bragg

Bipartisan legislation authored by Congresswoman Virginia Foxx that promises to improve on-base housing for soldiers living in Army barracks recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives as part of the Defense Authorization Act of 2009.  Foxx’s legislation, the Sustain, Support and Defend Act of 2009 (H.R. 1223), directs the Army to expand a pilot program called the First Sergeant’s Barracks Initiative to Army bases across the country. 


Army barracks for enlisted soliders at Fort Bragg, NC

“America’s soldiers deserve on-base housing that reflects our nation’s commitment to their well-being,” Foxx said.  “After all they have sacrificed, the least we can do is ensure their housing meets rigorous quality standards—and this legislation will help put practices in place to keep housing standards high.”

H.R. 1223, which was included in the Defense Authorization Act, changes the way the Army maintains barracks for soldiers.  Instead of individual units maintaining barracks, the legislation directs the Army to designate a separate maintenance team to be responsible for barracks housing.  Such an arrangement will provide for the upkeep of barracks while Army units are deployed and their barracks are vacant and prone to deterioration.  Click here to read more about Foxx's barracks legislation.

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