January 16, 2018
Congress could soon derail a pay raise that’s in the works for those serving in the nation’s armed forces.
Service members are set to receive their first paycheck reflecting a recent 2.4 percent pay raise this week so long as Congress meets its deadlines.
“The NDAA increases the size of the American armed forces for the first time in 7 years and it provides our military service members with their largest pay increase in eight years,” stated President Trump.
Though it was signed into law by the president late last month, the increase might not go into effect at all because the federal government hasn’t decided how to fund it.
The new military wage exceeds a recession-era cap on defense spending known as the sequester.
If Congress can’t pass a new government funding bill, all pay for service members and federal employees will be frozen.
Friday’s deadline would — if missed — also trigger a devastating government shutdown.
In that event, several federal programs will immediately lose funding..
With only a few days to go, the debate over DACA has largely overshadowed the shutdown and military pay issues.
“The President set the deadline for quite some time ago, said California’s Kevin McCarthy. “January 19th is the funding of government and the one thing that we agreed upon…we do not want to mix this with the funding of government or the military.”
Republican lawmakers are said to mulling a short-term budget bill, pushing the funding deadline to February.