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‘Pink tax’ on women’s military uniform items would be eliminated under new proposal

New legislation before Congress would require military leaders to eliminate the so-called “pink tax” by ensuring women receive uniform allowances more in line with what men receive.

The bipartisan proposal, introduced Wednesday, comes just weeks after the Government Accountability Office found that women service members can pay as much as $8,300 out-of-pocket over the course of a 20-year career for uniform items not covered by annual clothing allotments.

“Women service members pay far more than their male counterparts on uniforms,” said Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Calif., head of the House Veterans’ Affairs task force on women veterans and sponsor of the new legislation.