He just gave me a 3.5% pay raise for 2009! Guess he's not such a had guy after all.:bigthumbup: Bush Signs Bill with Troops' Pay Raise Week of October 20, 2008 President Bush signed legislation allowing $612 billion in defense spending for the 2009 budget year, including a pay raise for troops. The legislation allows a supplement of nearly $70 billion for U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and requires more information on contractors with projects in Iraq. It also paves the way for Bush's plan to build an anti-missile system in Eastern Europe, a proposal strongly opposed by Russia. Check out the 2009 Pay Chart here.