The Association of the United States Navy asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at a recent roundtable with Veterans/Military Service Organizations at the U.S. Capitol to include an amendment in the next Continuing Resolution that would provide funding for a 3.1 percent pay raise for service members in 2020. A new report suggests that such an amendment has indeed been added to the proposed CR.
On Nov. 14, AUSN attended the roundtable, where Pelosi, House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Mark Takano, and other members of Congress ask VSOs to share issues affecting their organizations. During AUSN’s turn, we asked Speaker Pelosi directly to include a measure in the CR that would fund the pay raise in lieu of a full appropriations bill. Shortly before departing the meeting, she acknowledged AUSN’s request for the pay raise, as well as another organization’s request that the Coast Guard be paid.
A Roll Call report published Monday indicates that a proposed CR that would keep the government open through Dec. 20 does indeed include funding to support a 3.1 percent military pay raise.
The report states that the White House and Republicans are displeased with a lack of a “clean” CR without riders; however, the report also notes that it “seemed likely that at minimum the military pay provision would be included.”