29 Sep '15, 8pm

Congress agrees on 1.3 percent military pay raise for 2016

Congress agrees on 1.3 percent military pay raise for 2016

The U.S. Capitol (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) 5756 CONNECT 44 TWEET LINKEDIN 8 COMMENT EMAIL MORE House and Senate negotiators on Tuesday reached agreement on a $612 billion defense authorization bill for fiscal 2016 that includes a 1.3 percent pay raise for service members, trims to some military benefits and a dramatic overhaul of the military retirement system. The proposal also includes language requiring military facility commanders to develop individual policies for troops carrying firearms on base, in response to the mass shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in July that killed five service members. The measure also includes outlines for an extra $38 billion in overseas contingency funds to help the Defense Department get around mandatory spending caps for the new fiscal year that begins Thursday — a move that has prompted threats of a White House veto of the bi...

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