Obama has informed Congress that come 2014, he will cut down in spending for the first time known to man by capping military pay raises at one percent. This executive move will be in violation of federal¬†law, which, according to The Examiner, requires ‚??those raises to keep pace with the Employment Cost Index compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.‚?Ě
The House of Representatives under Republican leadership approved a pay raise of 1.8 percent, but Obama is able to move ahead with the cuts by citing a loophole in the law that permits pay decreases in the case of ‚??national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare.‚?Ě
Will general welfare also get a cut, for affecting the country‚??s general welfare?
The Navy Times reports that in order to override the president‚??s decision, Congress must come up with¬†$580 million in 2014 and $3.5 billion over five years to retain the 1.8 percent raises.