Senate panel keeps Pentagon’s request to lower troops’ pay raises

The smaller 1 percent raise would put the Senate’s bill in conflict with the House, as a 1.8 percent raise was included in the bill that passed the House Armed Services Committee last week.

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The Pentagon included a smaller raise for troops in its 2014 budget request as one measure designed to curb rising compensation costs.

While the Senate Armed Services Committee agreed to the smaller pay increase, it rejected several other cost-cutting measures proposed by the Pentagon.

The Personnel committee did not adopt any of the administration’s proposals to establish or increase military healthcare fees. The Readiness subpanel blocked a Pentagon request to start a new round of base closures.

The House Armed Services panel also rejected new base closures or health fees.

Last week a group of think tanks banded together to urge Congress to accept those reforms as an important step to stop military spending from becoming too unbalanced.