Skip to comments.CNN: Panetta to Recommend Pay Cut For Military
Posted on 02/06/2013 9:37:42 AM PST by kristinn
Just days before he leaves office, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is recommending military pay be limited, effectively decreasing troop salaries next year.
Panetta will recommend to Congress that military salaries be limited to a 1% increase in 2014. The Pentagon has calculated that the Labor Department's 2014 Employment Cost Index is expected to be above 1% but wants to still cut back on pay because of "budget uncertainties," a department official told CNN. In 2013, a 1.7% increase was approved, based on the index, which has been the basis for military pay for the last several years.
Three Pentagon officials have confirmed details of the plan to CNN. The Joint Chiefs of Staff have also agreed to Panetta's proposed pay plan. Final approval for the pay would come from Congress in the form of the 2014 budget.
The recommendation is tied to the Defense Department's 2014 budget recommendation, which was expected to be sent to Congress this month, one of the officials said. But the officials acknowledge it is going to be seen as an effort to push Congress to stop the automatic budget cuts that could go into effect if no deal is reached on spending reductions.
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My comment: Troop suicides aren't high enough for Obama? I can't recall a time where a commander-in-chief cut the pay of the military during a war.
But Federal Employees still get automatic COLIs (raises) ??
My God, is there no end to what these ba$tards will do to our military, our families, our country, and our homes? Is there no end?
“Just days before he leaves office...”
This is one of those government ‘cuts’. Where it’s still an increase, but not as much as usual.
RAT math...if I’m reading this right, a 1% increase as opposed to a 1.7% increase is a cut.
Our soldiers should be better off than those on Section 8, EBT cards, Welfare, and SSDI.
Did they already cut the military increases over the last couple of years? I wish I could say I was surprised,,but I’m not. Scumbag Panetta. Meanwhile, Gov Quinn in Illinois wants to raise the state’s minimum wage to $10 an hour. Again, who is surprised?
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This guy is an idiot!
IF your gonna cut, cut those Congressmen, Senators, and the Executive Branch!
To even think about cutting Service Personell pay is treason!
COLI has been frozen for about 3 years now ...
but why in the world would they even consider cutting military pay and not fed employee pay?.......it's an obscenity...
Yes he is. But the "man" that ordered him to do this is a way bigger coward.
It will be a 1% hike instead of 1.7%. They're calling that a "cut".
While I don’t approve in this case, he is at least being consistent in calling a reduction of a planned increase a spending cut...they do it all the time. This is what Democrats do: Reductions in planned increases are a CUT.
I'll take things that begin with the letter "U" for $100 Alex.
They're going to have to find $50 B or so in cuts on the domestic side too.
It hasn't been mentioned as much because they're trying to browbeat the GOP to back down on sequestration by hammering only military stories, but Obama will eventually have to come up with cuts on his side...which are domestic cuts.
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