118th CONGRESS

1st Session

 

 

 

H. RES. 835

 

                     Raising compensation of active duty and non-active duty Military Personnel in the United States Department of Defense by granting a yearly bonus of $8,500 USD to all Military Personnel in the United States Department of Defense.

 

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES

 

January 9, 2023

 

Sponsored & Introduced By: Rep. Ian A. Medina (D-FL)

 

RESOLUTION

             Raising compensation of active duty and non-active duty Military Personnel in the United States Department of Defense by granting a yearly bonus of $8,500 USD to all Military Personnel in the United States Department of Defense.

WHEREAS, active duty and non-active duty Military Personnel in the United States Department of Defense deserve fair and respectable pay in their honorable careers fighting for our country; and

 

WHEREAS, Department of Defense currently has a $721.5 billion USD budget that is endowed upon them by appropriations in the United States Congress; and

 

WHEREAS, we have substantial interest in national security by raising the compensation of Military Personnel to give them a sense of well-being and purpose in their careers fighting for our freedom, liberty and democracy; and

 

WHEREAS, it is important to give back in gratitude to those who sacrifice their lives every day by endlessly and tirelessly working to defend the United States of America, our beautiful country; and

 

WHEREAS, compensation in salary and wages to Military Personnel is very low in relation to the immense appropriations the Congress confers unto the United States Department of Defense; and

 

WHEREAS, if the monies necessary to carry out this legislation cannot come from the appropriations endowed to United States Department of Defense, then the Congress shall increase appropriations to the United States Department of Defense in the amount necessary to be able to carry out the functions of this legislation in providing a yearly bonus to all Military Personnel; 

 

WHEREAS, the United States of America has immense interests in advancing fair pay to all Military Personnel in a Democratic campaign advocating for our military in grassroots campaigning to strengthen the American government;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, THAT THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES---

 

Title 33, Chapters 1, §§ 100-117

 

Section 100. Cited As

 

This Act can be cited as “ Military Pay Bonus Act”. 

 

Section 101. Purpose

 

The purpose of this legislation is to raise the compensation of Military Personnel in the United States Department of Defense to confer fair and respectable pay in the honorable careers of the military that defend our country by granting a yearly bonus. 

 

Section 102. Legislative Authority

 

This legislation is made pursuant to Article I, Section 7, Clause 1, that states: “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other Bills”.  U.S. Const. art. I, § 7, c. 1.  Moreover, legislative authority for this legislation is vested in Article I, Section 9, Clause 7, that states: “ No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time”. Lastly, legislative authority is conferred via the Necessary and Proper clause of the Constitution of the United States of America, which states: [Congress has the power] "to make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or any Department or Officer thereof".  U.S. Const. art. I, § 8.  

 

Section 103. Definitions

 

(a) “Military Personnel” as used here means any active duty and non-active duty employee of the Department of Defense, which includes executive employees and field employees. 

 

(b) “Yearly Bonus” as used here means the Military Personnel’s pay increase of compensation in bonus set out by this legislation.

 

(c) “Start Date” as used here is the effective starting date starting the Ten Year Period until expiry of this legislation.

 

(d) “End Date” as used here is the expiration date for this legislation, which is at the end of the Ten Year Period starting on the Start Date.

 

(e) “Ten Year Period” as used here is the temporal amount of time of ten (10) years that this legislation will be effective after it passes both chambers of the Congress and is signed into law by President Joseph R. Biden. 

 

(f) “Amount of Yearly Bonus” as used here means $8,500 USD per year. 

 

(g) “Renewal Date” as used here is the date when the Congress renews this legislation for an additional ten (10) years.

 

Section 104. Yearly Bonus Increases Military Pay Compensation

 

All Military Personnel in all branches of the United States Military comprising the United States Armed Forces in the United States Department of Defense shall be conferred with a pay increase of compensation in a Yearly Bonus as delineated herein.

 

Section 105. Amount of Yearly Bonus

 

The Amount of Yearly Bonus for all Military Personnel is $8,500 USD per year. 

 

Section 106. Valid For Ten (10) Consecutive Years

 

This Yearly Bonus is valid at the Start Date and is effective for the Ten Year Period. After the Ten Year Period, the End Date is when the bill stops to be in effect.

 

Section 107. Start Date

 

This legislation is effective at the Start Date, which is the next day after President Joseph R. Biden signs this bill into law after majority concurrence in both chambers of the Congress of the United States of America.

 

Section 108. End Date

 

This legislation expires to be in effect at the End Date, which is the day the Ten Year Period ends.  

 

Section 109. Renewal Date

 

The Renewal Date is when a member of Congress moves to renew this legislation by amendment, it passes both chambers of the Congress and is signed into law by the President of the United States.

 

Section 110. No Inferred Rights, Privileges, Immunities And/Or Benefits

 

Nothing in this chapter shall be inferred to confer any rights, privileges, immunities and/or benefits, neither actually nor constructively to any person or entity except as expressed herein. 

 

Section 111. Reservation of all Rights, Privileges, Immunities And/Or Benefits

 

The Congress of the United States of America reserves all rights, privileges, immunities and/or benefits available at law regarding this legislation. 

 

Section 112. Subsequent Jurisprudence Barred By Political Question Doctrine 

 

Any case and/or controversy arising out of this legislation against any party is barred by political question doctrine. U.S. Const. art. III, § 2, c. 1. 

 

Section 113. Legislative Immunity

 

Any case and/or controversy arising out of this legislation against any member of Congress is barred by the Speech or Debate Clause of the Constitution of the United States of America. U.S. Const. art. I, § 6, c. 1. 

 

Section 114. Federal Preemption

 

This legislation hereby preempts the states and any cases/controversies arising in state government is preempted by the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution of the United States of America. U.S. Const. art. VI, c. 2. 

 

Section 115. Repeal of Old, Previous Legislation

 

Any state and/or federal legislation contrary to this legislation are hereby repealed, disused, voided and rendered invalid. Thus, this legislation shall replace the old, previous legislation that is in full force and effect. 

 

Section 116. Antagonistic Jurisprudence

 

Any antagonistic jurisprudence contrary to this legislation is hereby rendered moot, repealed, disused, voided and rendered invalid. Thus, this legislation shall replace the antagonistic jurisprudence that is in full force and effect.

 

Section 117. Subsequent Legislation

 

Any subsequent legislation, except a duly made amendment to this legislation by concurrence of a majority of each chamber of Congress, is of no valid force and effect. 

 

Sponsored By Rep. Ian A. Medina (D-FL): 01/09/2023

 

Passes U.S. House:

 

Passes U.S. Senate:

 

Signed Into Law By President Joseph R. Biden: