Congress passes 3.4 percent pay boost for military - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Congress passes 3.4 percent pay boost for military

WASHINGTON. - Military personnel are getting an above-inflation pay raise of 3.4 percent in a Pentagon policy bill that's on its way to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature.

The pay raise was a half-percentage point more than Obama sought earlier this year and beats the average pay boost in the private sector.

The Senate on Thursday gave the final congressional OK to the larger defense bill that contains the pay increase.

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