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House Advances $884 Billion Defense Bill with Enlisted Troop Pay Raise

May 23, 2024

Bryant Harris and Leo Shane III

Defense News

Soldiers with the Wichita Recruiting Company talk to visitors about joining the military at Hutchinson, Kansas on September 9, 2023. The soldiers hosted a booth at the Kansas State Fairgrounds to interact with the public and inform about enlistment opportunities and benefits. (Pfc. Aiden Griffitts/Army)

By Bryant Harris and Leo Shane III, Defense News / May 23, 2024

The House on Wednesday night advanced an $883.7 billion defense policy bill for fiscal 2025. It provides a 20% pay boost to junior enlisted troops while pushing back against the Defense Department’s shipbuilding and Air Force procurement plans.

The Armed Services Committee voted 57-1 to advance the Servicemember Quality of Life Improvement and National Defense Authorization Act to the House floor after considering more than 700 amendments during a roughly 12-hour markup. Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., cast the single vote against the legislation.

The bill adheres to the spending caps from last year’s debt ceiling deal, allowing a 1% increase over the $874.2 billion FY24 defense policy bill.

“This bill is also the product of hundreds of hours of oversight done by all members and staff over the past few months,” House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Ala., said ahead of the committee vote. “It is a good bill that will help revitalize the defense industrial base and build the ready, capable, and lethal fighting force we need to deter China and our other adversaries.”

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