Michigan Democratic senator Gary Peters told supporters he “never voted against a pay raise for service members.” But he’s voted against such pay raises on at least six occasions.
“I’ve never voted against a pay raise for service members,” Peters said at a June 16 virtual fundraiser. “Taking care of veterans is important to me and to make sure we have a strong military is important.”
Peters, however, voted against pay raises for service members six times from 2015 to 2016. He voted three times in 2015 and another three times in 2016 to block Defense Department funding bills that would have raised service members’ pay by 2.3 percent and 2.1 percent, respectively. The 2016 bill Peters voted against passed the Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously and was praised as “bipartisan” by Wisconsin Democratic senator Tammy Baldwin.
“I especially appreciate that this bill conforms to the bipartisan budget agreement and refrains from gimmicks that not only shortchange non-defense priorities, but also our military,” Baldwin said at the time. “This bill responsibly addresses the readiness and well-being of our troops and our national defense requirements.”
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