McNer­ney bill for mil­i­tary raises passes

Lodi News-Sentinel - - PAGE TWO - — Wes Bow­ers

WASH­ING­TON, DC — This week, the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives passed H.R. 2500, the Na­tional De­fense Au­tho­riza­tion Act for Fis­cal Year 2020.

In­cluded in the leg­is­la­tion were two amend­ments au­thored by Con­gress­man Jerry McNer­ney, D-Stockton, re­quir­ing a pay raise for mil­i­tary ser­vice mem­bers.

The bill will take ef­fect Jan. 1, 2020, and will also di­rect the De­part­ment of De­fense to de­sign a plan to re­duce the in­ten­sity of mil­i­tary fa­cil­i­ties’ wa­ter con­sump­tion.

“Ev­ery day, the men and women of our armed forces serve and pro­tect our nation,” McNer­ney said. “Their pa­tri­o­tism should not be politi­cized. This tac­tic of de­lay­ing a pay raise for ser­vice mem­bers has been used in the past, but my amend­ment will prevent the liveli­hood of our troops from be­ing used as a po­lit­i­cal weapon.”

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