Biden White House ‘strongly opposes’ pay increase for junior service members struggling with inflation | Law enforcement today

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The White House revealed Wednesday that President Joe Biden “strongly opposes” a bipartisan proposal to increase salaries for junior enlisted service members in the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) draft of National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2025.

The announcement was a stark contrast to the continued lavish spending Biden has pledged to support Ukraine’s ongoing war against Russia and bolster NATO defenses.

As reported by The daily callerAccording to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the HASC-authored NDAA would provide a 15% pay increase to all junior enlisted military personnel, totaling approximately $24.4 billion in military spending over five years. Despite persistent inflation putting serious financial pressure on young military families, the Biden administration issued a statement Wednesday saying the president does not support the “significant, permanent” pay increase because the executive branch has not implemented a planned review of military compensation . yet.

The White House Budget Office wrote: “The Administration is strongly committed to the care of our servicemembers and their families, and appreciates the Committee’s concern for the needs of our youngest enlisted members, but strongly opposes implementing any significant , permanent change in the basic payment schedule before the completion of the fourteenth quadrennial review of military compensation.”

The newspaper noted that the cost of the wage increase pales in comparison to the $175 billion in aid to Ukraine and European NATO countries that Biden has demanded since 2022, as reported by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

Although the Fourteenth Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation has not yet taken place, the House Armed Services Committee has completed a year-long investigation that was released in April and reached several damning conclusions that led to the bipartisan decision in favor of a pay increase.

The study found:

  • Service members, especially junior service members and those supporting large families, struggle to afford housing and feed their families.
  • According to a 2023 RAND report: About 25% of military personnel are food insecure.
  • Military families, including current members of Congress who recently served, described relying on food banks and federal welfare programs like SNAP and WIC to pay for food for their families.
  • Pay for junior military personnel has failed to remain competitive with the current civilian labor market.
  • Military personnel stationed in Hawaii and abroad face a much higher cost of living than those living in the U.S. mainland
  • Rental costs have increased 20% in recent years, but military housing benefits do not fully cover the costs, forcing military families to pay more of these costs out of pocket.
  • The Government Accountability Office found that the DoD miscalculated housing allowances in 40% of housing markets, unfairly reducing the allowance available to military personnel.

The survey confirmed what many military personnel have been saying for years: since 2020, basic pay has lagged inflation by nearly four percent, and since 2019, the Ministry of Defense has reduced the basic housing allowance (BAH) by five percent, forcing military personnel to take the cut. cover. out of my own pocket. In fact, the committee found that in eight of the past forty years, junior enlisted either received a significantly smaller pay increase than other grades or no raise at all.

Several members of Congress spoke up and condemned the president’s position. Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) wrote in a message to X: “Joe Biden must hate our military. While families of our junior soldiers compete for food stamps, this administration opposes their pay increases and wants to force them to train pronouns and drag queen story hour. If Biden had any PRIDE in our troops at all, he would support the long-awaited pay increase that House Republicans passed.”

Rep. Nick Lalota (R-NY) opined, “Biden must expedite this review as the House plans to send the Senate and him a bill that would provide all service members a 4.5% pay increase next year, and a additional 15% pay increase for E-1s through E-4s, representing a 19.5% increase for our youngest troops. These increases are essential to maintaining a strong and dedicated military!”

Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), a member of the Armed Services Committee, explained the urgent need for the wage increase to the Daily Caller News Foundation: “When we take inflation into account, the average American makes less today than he did when Joe Biden took office. The White House wants to prevent Republicans from giving our troops the pay raise they need to get by in the Biden economy.”

 

He added reproachfully: “In the meantime, they have sent the Ukrainian government $11,500 per Ukrainian household. It’s a shame.”