Senator Rosen Brought Up Issues That Are Priorities For Nevada, Including Increasing Child Care Availability And Addressing The Nellis Dorm Shortage
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, met with General David Allvin, nominee to be the Chief of Staff of the Air Force to discuss important priorities for Nevada and the need for his swift confirmation. The topics included expanding childcare options for Airmen at Creech Air Force Base who work overnight shifts and building more dormitories at Nellis Air Force Base to allow junior enlisted to remain in the dorms as recommended by the Department of Defense for their first 36 months in service.
Unfortunately, General Allvin’s nomination is likely to be blocked by Senator Tommy Tuberville’s (R-AL) hold on senior military promotions. For the first time in U.S. history, there are three vacancies in the Joint Chiefs of Staff. On Monday, the Secretaries of the Army, Navy, and Air Force penned an op-ed condemning this blockade and highlighting its impacts on national security.
“I was glad to meet with General Allvin to discuss several Nevada priorities and the importance of his swift confirmation to be the next Chief of Staff of the Air Force. As a state with a strong military presence, we need to ensure all of the top ranks in our military are filled with qualified and experienced nominees like General Allvin,” said Senator Rosen. “That’s why I call on Senator Tuberville to end his reckless blockade and allow the Senate to confirm these senior military officials without delay.”
Senator Rosen has been a strong advocate in the Senate for the military and Nevada’s servicemembers. Last year, following a year-long effort by Senator Rosen, the Department of Defense heeded her call to provide a dislocation allowance to junior enlisted servicemembers who are ordered to move to off-base housing, which meant they had to cover their moving costs out of pocket before they began receiving their Basic Allowance for Housing. She also took to the Senate floor in an attempt to confirm the hundreds of promotions, including the Vice Commander of the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center at Nellis Air Force Base. Senator Tuberville’s holds also include the Commander of the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center at Naval Air Station Fallon. Senator Rosen also recently joined her colleagues on the Senate Armed Services Committee in calling on Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to push Senator Tuberville to end this blockade.