Updated: June 14, 2016
June 14, 2016, the full Senate passed their version of the National Defense Authorization bill for 2017 by a vote of 85 to 13. The bill supports a 1.6 percent military basic pay raise which is one half percent less than the full House of Representatives bill that includes a 2.1 percent raise which is in-line with the Employment Cost Index.
Both houses of Congress must now meet and reconcile the differences in the two bills before a final bill can be sent to President Obama for final approval and signature. One of those differences is the amount of pay raise for those in the Armed Forces. President Obama has indicated problems with both the House and the Senate bills; the President has threatened to veto both current renditions.
It remains unlikely that the combined bill will contain a higher raise than the one proposed by both the President and the Senate. Expect the pay raise for 2017 to be at 1.6 percent.