Ever since I can remember (about 20 years) a 3.5 percent pay increase has been the norm for service members.
But now, despite recommendations from the House Armed Services Committee, the White House opposes the increase:
Bush budget officials said the administration “strongly opposes” both the 3.5 percent raise for 2008 and the follow-on increases, calling extra pay increases “unnecessary.”
There were other White House complaints as well, regarding other benefits Congress has seen fit to offer military members:
A death gratuity for federal civilian employees who die in support of military operations, and new benefits for disabled retirees and the survivors of military retirees also drew complaints.
The administration also wants to impose fees for Tricare beneficiaries (me and mine), which Congress refused to do.
Why does George Bush hate the troops?