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Trump signs bill giving military members largest pay increase in a decade

President Donald Trump signed off Friday on nearly $1.4 trillion in spending, including a measure that will give members of the military their largest pay increase in 10 years.

President Donald J. Trump addresses military personnel during a stop-over at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany on December 26, 2018.

The move will keep the government funded through Sept. 30, 2020, dodging the possibility of a shutdown ahead of what’s expected to be a contentious election season.

White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said Trump signed the legislation aboard Air Force One as he traveled to his Mar-a-Lago resort, where he will be celebrating Christmas and New Year’s.

The spending measures, which will add roughly $400 billion to the deficit over 10 years, include money for the president’s U.S.-Mexico border fence, pay raises for military and civilian federal workers, and federal funding for election security grants.

The 2020 National Defense Authorization Act was part of that spending legislation, which will also establish a U.S. Space Force and reform military privatized housing.

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the move ensures that troops will receive a 3.1% pay increase, their largest raise in a decade.

“Today’s Senate vote sends a message to America’s military families: we are committed to you. We honor your sacrifice,” Inhofe said in a statement following the Senate’s passage of the bill. “We’re going to give you the training, equipment and weapons, and resources you need to do your job well and come home safely.”

 

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