GOP Lawmakers Slam Biden For Blocking Military Pay Raise

House Republicans have sharply criticized President Joe Biden for opposing a significant pay raise for low-ranking military troops, as outlined in the House-led National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The proposed raise would boost basic pay by 19.5% next year, ensuring that service members earn at least $30,000 annually.

The White House released a statement opposing the pay raise, citing the need to complete the Fourteenth Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation (QRMC) first. According to the Daily Mail, some early-career enlisted members earn as little as $24,000 annually, excluding additional benefits.

Rep. Derrick Van Orden (R-WI) expressed outrage, recalling his experience as a Navy SEAL when his family needed WIC coupons. “Joe Biden managed to become a multi-millionaire on a public servant salary,” Van Orden said. “And he is snatching food out of our junior enlisted people’s mouths.”

Rep. Mike Garcia (R-CA) criticized Biden’s decision as “completely insane,” questioning its rationale from both policy and political perspectives. “It’s completely irrational and politically it’s actually suicidal,” Garcia remarked.

Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) called Biden’s stance “one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard come out of [Biden’s] mouth.” He highlighted the reliance of some military personnel on food banks in areas like Washington, D.C., and San Diego.

Former President Donald Trump discussed military pay with House Republicans, asserting that it would be a priority issue. Trump argued that the current challenges in the military make the pay raise essential, bringing service members’ wages closer to the national minimum wage.

The White House also expressed concerns about restrictions on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. “The Administration strongly opposes Sections 573 and 1113(g)(3), which would limit the ability of DoD and Federal agencies to support and promote positive cultures that empower, respect, and value all employees and students,” the statement read.