As AFSA predicted, Congress is now relying on procedural tactics to attempt getting the FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Act passed before the end of the year. Yesterday, House and Senate Armed Services Committee (HASC & SASC) leaders announced they crafted a deal on this ever-important defense policy bill. The $632.8 billion measure provides nearly $526.8 billion for DoD’s base budget and an additional $80.7 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations. Regrettably, it also paves the way for a LOWER PAY RAISE for military service members in 2014. According to a HASC press release, the measure soon to be considered “supports current law, which is intended to ensure pay for our troops keeps pace with the civilian sector, but provides the President with latitude to make exceptions by executive order.” President Obama told Congress on August 30 that he intends to use his authority to set the 2014 military pay increase at 1 percent.
Absent this additional action, service members would have received a 1.8 percent increase. AFSA notes the HASC release makes clear the NDAA “neither affirms or rejects the President’s decision.” In addition to rejecting any new Base Realignment and Closure rounds, the proposed new measure includes: NO ... read more ...
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