A House Armed Services subcommittee has recommended a 3.9 percent January 2009 military raise, sending the figure on to the full committee, which is expected to approve the number this week. That would parallel the figure approved earlier by the counterpart Senate committee and create a strong presumption that that will be the number for military personnel. In all but a few recent years the federal employee raise, which is determined later, has been set at the number for uniformed personnel, although Congress has not formally endorsed pay parity in this budget cycle. A budget resolution that could include such language has been hung up in a conference for more than a month.
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