Members of the military may soon be seeing a pay increase and a shorter gap between military members and civilians, according to Congressman John Fleming.

Fleming reported that on Wednesday, May 12, House committee members gave the green light to a bill that will increase the pay of military members, and is expected to pass when it hits the full House floor this week.


Members of the military may soon be seeing a pay increase and a shorter gap between military members and civilians, according to Congressman John Fleming.
Fleming reported that on Wednesday, May 12, House committee members gave the green light to a bill that will increase the pay of military members, and is expected to pass when it hits the full House floor this week.
"This will hopefully bring us closer to closing the pay scale gap between members of the military and civilians," Fleming said. "A few years ago, there was a 12 percent pay gap, this bill will bring that gap under two percent."
Fleming explained that the bill will also help enhance bonuses for soldiers reenlisting in the military and increase hazardous pay.
Fleming serves on the armed services committee, as well as three other military focused subcommittees, to seek the best for the nation's soldiers, which currently entails a battle against Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates.
"Right now the defense secretary is pushing to increase the premiums of Tri Care and the armed services committee is pushing against it," Fleming said.
Fleming continues to be motivated in the fight for soldiers and military families, and he hopes to be visiting Fort Polk sometime this summer to check on the needs of his constituents in the area.
"I had planned on stopping by Fort Polk for a meeting with Army Surgeon General, Eric Schoomaker, in early June, but unfortunately his plans changed and he was forced to cancel," Fleming said. "Now we are working on rescheduling that meeting for July or August."