Lawmakers want military benefits restored

by Ramsey Cox - The Hill
December 27, 2013

Several bills have been introduced in the House this week that would restore cuts made to military retirees’ benefits.

Lawmakers have complained that a provision in the Bipartisan Budget Agreement, H.J. Res. 59 — which was passed into law last week — reduces the cost of living adjustment (COLA) by 1 percent for military retirees under the age of 62.

The reduction was made to replace $6 billion in sequester cuts to the Department of Defense’s budget.

Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Calif.) introduced H.R. 3804, which would completely repeal that provision.

“I believe our service members, veterans, and their families must receive the benefits they have earned and deserve,” Brownley said. “These benefits are owed to them without equivocation. That is why I have introduced legislation to repeal the military retiree COLA reduction.”

5 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Dan S. says:

    Whether a service member served in war time, or in peace time we have all stood ready to put our lives on the line if called upon to do so. How dare these elected lawmakers take money away from us and our loved ones after we VOLUNTEERED to put our lives on the line, for however long required, for our families and our country. I know there are not very many in congress who would allow their children to join the military, let alone serve themselves. The first right thing that should have been done is NOT to have passed a deal into law that took money away to begin with. Now the ONLY right thing to do is to undo the wrong that has been done. Return the 1%of COLA that has been taken away and then add a 1% COLA increase. That my friends, is the ONLY right thing to do.

    1. modernminuteman says:

      Yes!:) It is bad enough that when they calculate inflation they don’t even count the cost of food and energy so once you are on retirement you continually lose ground anyways but now they cut this instead of wasteful government agencies, foreign aid, Muslim Brotherhood, Acorn, advertising food stamps in Mexico etc. I will not forget those who voted this bill into law.

  • Upaces says:

    We must remember WHO IT WAS that voted their retirement away in the first place!!!

  • Upaces says:

    Thank Goodness! They deserve EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR!!!

  • stymie222 says:

    Military benefits are what the private sector dreams about. I am all for any and all benefits for those who were in combat or harms way.
    The desk jobs do not deserve benefits that are three times the national average. The military’s budget is whats killing our country.

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