Military will get a 2.1 percent pay raise in 2018 under a Senate bill approved late Monday, but married military couples with dependents would potentially lose hundreds of dollars a month due to a new cap on BAH.
The upper chamber of Congress approved its version of the $700 billion defense authorization act by a vote of 89-8.
The bill will now head to closed-door negotiations with House lawmakers known as “conference,” in which the two versions of the annual policy bill will be combined.
A final version of the legislation will be sent to President Donald Trump for his approval later this year.
Trump has supported a 2.1 percent pay raise for the men and women of the armed forces. — 0.3 percentage point lower than the 2.4 percent passed by the House.
The Senate’s version would cap the amount of BAH dual-military couples with dependents can receive.
Currently in those cases, the higher-ranking spouse receives that allowance at the with-dependents rate, while the lower-ranking spouse receives it at the without-dependents rate.
The Senate proposal would instead require that both receive the without-dependents rate. As a result, affected troops could see several hundred dollars less in their paychecks per month.
Officials estimate that the change to the housing allowance benefit could save the Pentagon about $52 million in fiscal 2018, which starts Oct. 1.
I don’t know if this pay change is good for everyone.
Senate lawmakers also approved an increase to the cost of prescription drugs for all Tricare users except active-duty troops.
So don’t get sick or hurt trying to protect your country.