Military spending, pay raises among unfinished business as Congress recesses

From Stripes.com
From Stripes.com

Military spending, pay raises among unfinished business as Congress recesses

by: Travis J. Tritten | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: September 30, 2016

WASHINGTON — The lights will stay on in the Pentagon and troops will get paid on time, at least through early December, after Congress averted a government shutdown with a last-minute, temporary budget deal Wednesday night.

Lawmakers praised and grumbled about the stop-gap deal to fund the government and military through Dec. 9, then quickly began leaving town and a long list of unfinished business.

The 2017 defense budget, an $18-billion boost in military spending, troop pay raises and women in the draft are all on hold until after the November election as members of the House and Senate return home to campaign.

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