In October, the Arizona Representatives in the House voted against a benefit for veterans. Now the Senate Democrats are fighting to keep a Veteran benefit cut by not closing a loophole for illegal aliens through Senate Amendment 2573.
An article by Caroline May at The Daily Caller web site, says that
The two-year budget deal brokered by Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, would cut military pensions by $6 billion over ten years, leaving some Senate Republicans scrambling to stop the cuts.
According to CNN Money, the deal does not lower veterans benefits as they are, but reduces the cost of living allowance. According to CNN, the deal affects veterans who are not disabled and are not yet 64 years old.
A press release from the Military Officers Association of America states:
For example, an E-7 retiring this year with 20 years of service would see an average loss of over $3,700 per year by the time he or she reaches age 62. For an O-5, the average annual loss would be over $6,200.
Ryan’s web site defends the cuts from an article he wrote for the Weekly Standard:
According to House Budget Committee staff, a man who enlisted at age 18 and retired at 38 as a Sergeant First Class in the Army would see approximately a 6 percent overall reduction in lifetime retirement pay because of the COLA reduction–that is, he would receive about $1.626 million in lifetime retirement pay instead of $1.734 million.
Earning $108,000 less in retirement pay over a lifetime certainly isn’t chump change, but Ryan points out that the budget deal achieves the same amount of savings over ten years from federal civilian employees’ pensions ($6 billion) by requiring new employees to make higher contributions. “This is still far more generous than civilian retirees who receive absolutely no COLA before the age of 62,” Ryan said. “We still kept the military retiree in a far better position than the civilian because we think that’s the way it ought to be.”
Senator Sessions tried to save the cuts by closing a loophole that allowed illegal aliens to take tax credits in exchange for keeping veterans benefits as they are. The Senate Democrats voted down the amendment which would have resulted in greater savings, Sessions said according to The Daily Caller article.
In the past veterans were released early during the “downsizing” by the Clinton administration to reduce the pay. This budget bill affects veterans who are released for medical reasons in the service of their country.
The Democrats apparently seem more interested in saving their voting block rather than those who take bullets for their countrymen.
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