WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, helped introduce the bipartisan READINESS Act to support military spouses and their families by creating more job flexibility when a servicemember relocates to a new duty station. This bill will encourage the retainment of military spouses across the federal government and lower high employee turnover. Military spouse unemployment has been higher than 20% for over 30 years, and is six times the national unemployment rate. More than one-third of military families cite spouse employment challenges as a reason for leaving active duty.
“Servicemembers and their families make tremendous sacrifices for our country, and their frequent relocation to new duty assignments makes it difficult for military spouses to find steady employment,” said Senator Rosen. “I’m proud to help introduce this bipartisan legislation to increase job flexibility for military spouses, easing strain on their families and ensuring stable employment. I’ll always work to provide military families with the tools they need to thrive.”
Senator Rosen has been a leader in fighting for members of our military and their families. Senator Rosen recently announced her support for the bipartisan Military Spouse Hiring Act to improve hiring opportunities for military spouses. Earlier this year, during a confirmation hearing in the Senate Armed Services Committee, she secured a commitment from General David Allvin, then-Air Force Chief of Staff nominee, to cut red tape in a program designed to make child care available for military families like Airmen at Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases who work overnight shifts.