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June 27, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) joined Reps. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), and Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ) in introducing legislation to revise the rules that dictate pay raises for members of our military in order to provide more generous increases in compensation.      

“Our brave men and women in uniform are among the most talented and skilled individuals in the world. If we want to continue recruiting and retaining our country’s top talent for the military, then we must provide servicemembers with a competitive salary,” said Congresswoman Rosen. “This is an opportune moment to provide this pay increase, and I'm happy to work with my colleagues to ensure that we are compensating our troops with a raise that better reflects their hard work and sacrifice for our country.”

“After 16 years of combat overseas and at a time when our economy is improving and the ranks of our Armed Forces are expanding, the moment has come for Congress to revisit the pay raises we provide our brave men and women in uniform,”said Congressman Gallego. “Our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines deserve pay increases that are competitive with opportunities in the private sector and that better reflect the gravity of their sacrifices on behalf of our nation.  We should demonstrate our respect for their service not just in speeches and public gestures, but in their pay checks.”               

“Every day, our brave service members fight to protect our country and defend our freedoms, and as a nation, we owe them a debt of gratitude,” said Congressman O’Halleran. “For too long, we have allowed political gamesmanship to get in the way of giving them the pay raise they need and deserve. I am proud to support this commonsense legislation that gives the men and women of our Armed Forces a raise and puts a formula in place to ensure they are adequately compensated in the future.”

BACKGROUND:  The Give Our Troops a Raise Act amends the permanent formula under Sec. 1009 of Title 37 for automatic annual increases in basic pay, increasing the annual raise by 0.5 percent for the next two fiscal years – a return to the formula as it existed between 2000 and 2006.  Under this critical legislation, instead of a 2.4 percent increase in the coming fiscal year, members of the military would receive a well-earned 2.9% raise.