Obama sets military pay raise for 2017 at 1.6 percent
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published: September 01, 2016
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has approved a 1.6 percent pay raise for U.S. servicemembers next year, the White House announced Wednesday.
The raise, which would go into effect Jan. 1 for 2017 is in line with the increase the Senate approved for the 2017 defense spending bill but less than the 2.1 percent the House of Representatives had pushed for.
“I am strongly committed to supporting our uniformed service members, who have made such great contributions to our Nation over more than a decade of war,” Obama said in a statement.
Obama said the size of the increase had to be weighed against the overall budget needs.