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Senate appropriators plan to fund only a 1 percent basic pay raise for troops next year and will go along with a Pentagon proposal to trim housing allowances in an effort to rein in personnel costs.
The moves, if adopted later this week, leave troops and families with a mixed message from lawmakers about how much belt tightening they’ll see next year.
On Tuesday, members of the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee offered their $549.3 billion funding plan for military operations in fiscal 2015, including $59.7 billion for overseas contingency operations and $128.4 billion in personnel spending.