The White House is taking issue with a House Republican proposal to give junior enlisted troops a more than 30% pay bump next year.
The opposition to rewriting the pay scale for E-6s and below was included in a broader statement the White House issued Monday afternoon threatening to veto the House's proposed fiscal 2024 Pentagon spending bill, largely over the administration's objection to “divisive policy provisions” that target abortion rights and LGBTQ+ service members.
“If the president were presented with [the bill], he would veto it,” the statement said.
Under the spending bill advanced by the House Appropriations Committee earlier this year and scheduled to be voted on by the full House later this week, no service member would make less than the equivalent of $15 per hour for a 40-hour workweek.
For example, the bill would set the monthly base pay for an E-1 with at least four months of service at $2,600.60, compared to the rate now of $1,917.63 per month. An E-6 with less than two years of service could make $3,210 per month under the bill, compared to $2,980.47 per month now.
While the White House said it appreciates lawmakers' “concern for the needs of the nation's most junior enlisted members' compensation,” it added that it “strongly opposes” the bill's significant change to the pay scale while the…