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New House panel backs 2.3 percent pay raise for troops

New House panel backs 2.3 percent pay raise for troops

House appropriators’ draft plan for next year’s defense budget includes money for a 2.3 percent pay raise for troops — the third military pay plan in as many budget bills this spring.

The move leaves open the possibility that service members could see their paychecks keep pace next year with the expected rise in average private-sector wages, over objections from Pentagon leaders who want a smaller boost so they can have more money for other programs.

Details of the nearly $579 billion bill will be marked up behind closed doors by the House Appropriations Committee’s defense panel Wednesday, but the emerging draft already promises to extend a host of fights over next year’s defense spending.

Along with going against the grain on the pay raise, panel members also rejected Defense Department plans for smaller housing allowance increases and included an $88.4 billion overseas contingency fund that already has drawn threats of a White House veto.

Source: New House panel backs 2.3 percent pay raise for troops

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