Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) led a bipartisan group of 16 lawmakers in questioning the recent decision of the Department of Defense (DOD) to give American taxpayer-funded pay increases for Germans working at American military bases overseas while at the same time continuing furloughs of American Department of Defense (DOD) civilian workers here at home and abroad.
Stars and Stripes recently reported that German nationals working for the U.S. military in Germany are all but assured a pay raise, including a one-time lump sum payment at the very same time American defense employees are being furloughed. 18,000 German workers paid by the DOD at Army and Air Force bases across Germany will see pay increases of 30 euros ($40) a month starting in January of 2014. These German workers will also get a lump sum 500-euro ($670) payment in July and an additional paid holiday on December 31st. The deal will become final on July 2nd if there are no objections to the deal on either side.
At the same time, this is the third consecutive year U.S. DOD civilians have not received a pay increase, and are also facing furloughs that will cut 20 percent of their income through the end of September.