Monday, May 21, 2007

John Kerry Pushes White House on Pay Raise for Iraq Troops

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Pamela Leavey at The Democratic Daily has been covering the fight by Democrats in Congress to get the 3.5% pay increase for U.S. troops in Iraq, and the $40/month increase in widows' benefits, that Pres. Bush is adamantly opposing:

On Saturday, I reported here that the “Bush Administration won’t approve a pay raise for our military.” The simple reasoning is of course, Republicans don’t really support the troops.

The piece I quoted Saturday from the Boston Globe noted that Kerry had sent a letter to Bush on Friday, saying that “he was “extremely disappointed” by the White House position on the pay raise, saying it stands “in direct contrast to the will of the American people who support all the efforts to support our troops.””

Today, Senator Kerry asked Bush to back off his plan to cut a proposed military pay raise. Kerry also asked Bush not to cut a proposed benefit for surviving spouses, which Congress and veterans groups say would help grieving families with a $40 month benefit to help cover expenses when a loved one is killed in action. Last week, the White House opposed both of those provisions in the FY 2008 National Defense Authorization Bill.

Pamela posts the complete text of Kerry's letter to Bush, sent Friday, and notes:

Tomorrow, Senator John Kerry and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel will hold a press conference to respond to President Bush’s opposition to a 3.5 percent military pay increase for American troops. The press conference will be held in the Senate T.V. and Radio Press Gallery at 11:30 am est.

1 comment:

Pamela J. Leavey said...


Thanks for posting this. This is an issue that Kerry has championed in the past. It just goes to show once again who really supports the troops.