November 21, 2013
President Obama has told Congress that he is using his authority under law to cap the active duty military pay raise at 1 percent.
The President has executive authority to notify Congress of an alternative pay adjustment affecting active duty military pay, if the President considers the adjustment necessary due to national emergency or economic concerns.
Under current law, the active duty pay raise would be 1.8 percent. In the 2004 National Defense Authorization Act, Congress passed a law tying future military pay raises in the private sector, as measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Cost Index (ECI). Over the past twelve years, Congress worked hard to eliminate a 13.5% pay gap caused by repeatedly capping military raises below private sector pay growth in the 1980s and ‘90s.
Earlier this year, the House rejected the administration’s pay cap and authorized a 1.8 percent raise, while the Senate Armed Services Committee supported the cap of 1 percent. A Senate amendment to restore the full pay raise is pending consideration.
Comparability can’t work unless it’s sustained through both good and bad times.
MOAA’s President Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, USN (Ret) responds to the President’s announcement in this video imploring Congress to maintain the 1.8 percent pay raise established under law.
Act now! Please send this MOAA-suggested message to tell Congress to support a 1.8% raise that keeps military pay on pace with private sector wage growth.