Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today voted to give America's troops serving in combat zones a $100 per month pay increase, only to see the effort blocked by House Republicans. Despite the support of Berkley and more than 180 of her Democratic colleagues, Republicans defeated a motion that would have increased combat pay for designated members of the U.S. armed forces. The motion to provide the pay raise was defeated by Republicans during debate on H.R. 1540, The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. The legislation was approved this afternoon by the full House.
"I am shocked that instead of supporting an increase in combat pay for our troops, Republicans opposed giving an extra $100 per month to these men and women in uniform. At a time when our armed forces are serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and other combat zones, and with Memorial Day fast approaching, this vote sends the wrong signal to those willing to sacrifice their lives in order to protect our nation's freedoms. I am proud to have voted to give this raise in combat pay to our troops and I know many Nevadans are disappointed that House Republicans chose to put politics above rewarding the dedication and hard work of American military personnel serving in harm's way," Berkley said.