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Bush: Pay Raise For Troops is Too Much

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on May 18th, 2007 6:07 am by HL

White House: Planned pay gains too costly

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As the House of Representatives prepared to pass its fiscal 2008 defense authorization bill, the White House urged lawmakers to reconsider a host of costly personnel initiatives added by the Armed Services Committee.

Initiatives opposed by the White House included:
Bigger pay raises

The House was set to vote for a 3.5 percent basic pay increase for January 2008. That’s 0.5 percent higher than proposed by the Bush administration. The House would continue a string of annual raises set 0.5 percent higher than private sector wage growth through at least 2012.

The “unnecessary” extra half-percentage bump in pay would cost $265 million in 2008 and $7.3 billion over six years, budget officials complained.

“When combined with the overall military benefit package, the President’s proposal provides a good quality of life for service members and their families,” said the OMB letter to committee leaders.

Both House Republicans and Democrats disagreed. Rep. Thelma Drake, R-Va., offered the amendment, adopted by the armed services committees, to stretch the string of bigger raises out to 2012.

HL’s Take
There he goes again…Supporting the troops as usual. Bush is also against Increasing Widows Benefits What a Patriot, what a super Patriot, so
Bush doesn’t want to give the troops extra money for putting there lives on the line to support his lies lies lies. That would mean a few less dollars in his wallet. Way to go Georgie showing his true colors (green)

One Response to “Bush: Pay Raise For Troops is Too Much”

  1. Billy Bob Cletus Says:

    I ACTUALLY AGREE I THINK THE TROOPS SHOULD GET A 20% PAY RAISE THEY CAN DO THAT BY CUTTING ENTITLEMENTS TO ILLEGAL ALIENS AND LAZY PEOPLE ON WELFARE