Alexander: Senate Committee Approves Military Pay Raise for Service Members, Including at Ft. Campbell, Millington

Posted on June 28, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 28, 2018 – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said the Senate Appropriations Committee today approved a bill that provides the largest pay increase for men and women serving in the military since 2010.

“This funding bill provides a total of $675 billion for our national defense and the largest pay raise since 2010 for the men and women who defend our freedoms – including those serving at Fort Campbell and Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington, Tennessee,” Alexander said. “The bill also is the largest Department of Defense research and development budget in history  – a measure that will give the United States an advantage over our adversaries and allow us to maintain the strongest military in the world. This bill includes $900 million to ensure the men and women serving in our National Guard have the resources they need to keep our country safe during catastrophes, and increased funding for hypersonic research conducted by The University of Tennessee.

The Fiscal Year 2019 Department of Defense Appropriations bill provides:

  • 2.6 percent pay raise for military personnel -- the largest pay raise since 2010 – including those stationed at Fort Campbell and Naval Support Activity Mid-South.
  • $2.8 billion for the Department of Defense’s basic research, including hypersonic research conducted by the University of Tennessee—the largest research and development budget in the Department’s history. 
  • $68 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding to help ensure our military men and women are properly trained and equipped when deployed overseas.
  • Funding for 1,329,000 active duty troops and 816,900 reserve troops.
  • $34.5 billion for Defense Health Programs and $971.2 million for medical research.
  • $900 million for the National Guard and Reserve Equipment to modernize our reserve forces and ensure that they have the tools they need.

Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2019 Department of Defense Appropriations bill, which is consistent with the spending limits included in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 approved by Congress, and signed by President Trump, in February. The bill is now ready for consideration by the full Senate.