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The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday that would reduce pay raises for troops and retirement benefits for veterans.
A proposed deal on a defense bill in Congress would decrease troops' pay raise in 2014 to 1 percent from 1.7 percent this year. The figure is in line with what the Obama administration requested and the Democratic-led Senate Armed Services Committee approved earlier this year.
The heads of the congressional budget committees on Tuesday announced a federal budget deal that would partially shield the Defense Department from automatic spending cuts.
The heads of key defense panels in Congress announced a preliminary deal on a bill that includes provisions to combat military sexual assault, keep Tricare fees unchanged, and give reservists more notice before a deployment.