Bigger pay raise for troops hits opposition in Senate

Sens Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, and Thom Thillis, R-N.C., listen as a staffer clarifies a point during a Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnell defense bill mockup hearing on Capitol Hill, May 10, 2016. Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes
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Sens Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, and Thom Thillis, R-N.C., listen as a staffer clarifies a point during a Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnell defense bill mockup hearing on Capitol Hill, May 10, 2016. Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes
Sens Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, and Thom Thillis, R-N.C., listen as a staffer clarifies a point during a Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnell defense bill mockup hearing on Capitol Hill, May 10, 2016. Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes
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Sens Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, and Thom Thillis, R-N.C., listen as a staffer clarifies a point during a Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnell defense bill mockup hearing on Capitol Hill, May 10, 2016. Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes

Bigger pay raise for troops hits opposition in Senate

by: Travis J. Tritten | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: May 11, 2016

WASHINGTON — A House proposal to give troops their biggest pay raise in years ran into opposition Tuesday from Senate lawmakers.

A key Senate panel said it is backing the Obama administration proposal of a 1.6 percent military raise for the coming year, a rate that again falls below private sector wage growth and is at odds with the 2.1 percent pay hike that is part of the House’s defense budget bill.

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