25 Jun '17, 8am

Top Republican: Either change the rules or leave military pay raise alone

WASHINGTON — House lawmakers want White House officials to either stop cutting back on military pay raises or change the federal rules governing how those rates are set. Next week, members of the House Armed Services Committee are expected to approve a $640 billion defense authorization plan which includes a 2.4 percent pay raise for troops starting next January. That’s 0.3 percentage points above what the White House proposed in its budget plan last month. On Thursday, committee chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, highlighted the bigger raise as “number one on my list” of important defense provisions and noted that the 2.4 percent is what service members and their families are “entitled.” This year’s Pentagon budget proposal is the fifth in a row where military planners have recommended a raise below the Employment Cost Index, the expected rise in private sector wages ...

Full article: http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/thornberry-pay-rais...

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