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GOP Lawmaker Wants to Raise the Military’s Minimum Wage


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A Republican lawmaker is renewing an effort to boost the salary of the lowest-paid service members.

Service members would be entitled to a base pay rate of at least $31,200 per year, or the equivalent of $15 per hour for a 40-hour workweek, under the Raising Annual Income of Servicemembers by Enhancing, or RAISE, Minimum Base Pay Act reintroduced by Rep. Mike Garcia, R-Calif., late last week.

“To build the military of the future that will deter aggression from China and other adversaries, we must be able to recruit and retain qualified Americans to serve in our military,” Garcia said in a statement Friday. “The simple reality is that we can’t do that if your local fast food chain is paying more than the armed services.”

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