About the Post

Author Information

Jennifer is Co-host of The Story of Liberty Radio Broadcast, video editor and creator, blogger & Web designer for the Story of Liberty. TheStoryofLiberty.net

Obama’s War On The Troops: Admin Calls For Soldier Pay Freeze One Year After Healthcare Cut Proposal…

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta will recommend to Congress that military salaries be limited to a 1 percent increase next year due to “budget uncertainties” related to sequestration, CNN reports:

Panetta will recommend to Congress that military salaries be limited to a 1 percent increase in 2014. The Pentagon has calculated that the Labor Department’s 2014 Employment Cost Index is expected to be above 1 percent but wants to still cut back on pay because of “budget uncertainties,” a department official told CNN. In 2013, a 1.7 percent increase was approved, based on the index, which has been the basis for military pay for the last several years.

Three Pentagon officials have confirmed details of the plan to CNN. The Joint Chiefs of Staff have also agreed to Panetta’s proposed pay plan. Final approval for the pay would come from Congress in the form of the 2014 budget.

The recommendation is tied to the Defense Department’s 2014 budget recommendation, which was expected to be sent to Congress this month, one of the officials said. But the officials acknowledge it is going to be seen as an effort to push Congress to stop the automatic budget cuts that could go into effect if no deal is reached on spending reductions.

Panetta has been a harsh and vocal critic of sequestration.

The essential pay freeze, however, comes just one year after the Obama administration first pushed for members of the U.S. armed service to pay more for their health care.

Last year, the Obama administration’s proposed defense budget called for cuts to the military’s healthcare benefits program, TRICARE, requiring military members, families, and retirees to pay more for their health care, as the Washington Free Beacon reportedPanetta later defended those cutsbefore a House Budget Committee hearing. The administration then threatened to veto a defense appropriations bill last summer, unless it included higher health care fees for military members. Continue reading via The Washington Free Beacon…

Read more:

Advertisements

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

One Comment on “Obama’s War On The Troops: Admin Calls For Soldier Pay Freeze One Year After Healthcare Cut Proposal…”

  1. click here April 30, 2014 at 9:22 pm #

    Hello there! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are
    you using for this site? I’m getting fed up of WordPress because I’ve had issues with
    hackers and I’m looking at options for another platform. I would be awesome if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: