Poll: Is U.S. Armed Forces Pay Fair?
September 2018 marked Trump’s approval of the military’s budget for 2019. He acted so swiftly that this was the fastest a military budget has been approved in the last 40 years. There’s no doubt Trump made record time to sign this section of the national budget, but is the allotment given to the armed forces fair?
The numbers tell the story. 2019’s military pay for service members was increased by 2.6 percent, which is higher than anything Obama approved during his tenure. That’s nearly a decade of wages for the armed forces that struggled to keep up with inflation, making it an effective decrease in pay. An additional $716 billion was given to the national defense budget.
Trump’s military budget bill included some additional details that help the armed forces. TRICARE fees haven’t increased this year, and Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance is bumped up to $400,000 when personnel are deployed in a combat zone. $10 million was also allocated to aid for severely disabled children of the military. All of these increases will give members of the armed forces an easier time with their healthcare needs.
Does this sound like a good deal to you? It certainly did to both sides of the aisle when the time came to vote on it. It passed in the Senate at 87 to 10, and the House voted 359 for and 54 against.
The government has voted on America’s 2019 military budget, but we still haven’t heard from you. Do you think Trump’s armed forces funding bill covered everything it needed to? Tell us, and we’ll post the results once everything’s accounted for.