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Democrats push for a bigger military pay raise | MilitaryTimes

Democrats push for a bigger military pay raise | MilitaryTimes

A group of House Democrats wants to boost military pay by almost 3 percent next year, arguing that annual trims to troops’ planned raises have left a troubling gap between their wages and private-sector paychecks.

On Tuesday, the lawmakers introduced the “give our troops a raise” act, which would set the 2018 pay raise for servicemembers at 2.9 percent. That’s 0.5 percentage points above the mark that House Republican leaders are suggesting ant 0.8 percentage above what President Trump outlined in his budget plan.

“Our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines deserve pay increases that are competitive with opportunities in the private sector and that better reflect the gravity of their sacrifices on behalf of our nation,”

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