PROMISE KEPT: President Trump Signs Military Defense Bill, BOOSTS SOLDIERS Pay


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President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act Monday afternoon, approving a military spending budget of $717 billion in 2019 and a 2.6% pay raise for military personnel across the board.

The legislation -named after Senator John McCain- was officially signed into law by the Commander-in-Chief while he visited Fort Drum in New York.

“This authorization will give American war-fighters the firepower they need to win any conflict quickly and decisively," said the President. “We will replace aging tents, aging planes, and ships with the most advanced and lethal technology every developed.”

“We are the most powerful. We are the best funded. We are the biggest, we are the strongest, we are the smartest,” the President told reporters.

Watch the President’s comments above.


I certainly do think our military members are far more deserving of pay increases than any other employees of the Federal government.

Maybe that will make up for his shortchanging the military pay raise rate in the 2018 budget where the Congress overrode the amount he requested to give them a bigger raise.

But from what I have long understood military base pay raises are essentially based upon a preset formulary.

However there are circumstances where a President can wiggle the percentage a little and also Congress can as well.