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Despite veterans opposition, Senate Dems vow to pass budget deal
Stars and Stripes ^ | December 12, 2013 | By Leo Shane III

Posted on 12/12/2013 4:45:07 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer

Despite strong resistance from veterans advocates, Senate Democrats on Thursday vowed to push through a proposed budget deal to avoid steep funding cuts and government shutdown threats for the next two years.

But among those savings is a reduction in cost-of-living increases for military retirees under the age of 62. Veterans advocates, furious over the proposal, have vowed to fight the plan in the waning days of the 2013 legislative session.

In a letter to Congress and the White House on Wednesday, members of the Military Coalition — 33 veterans and military advocacy organizations — called the proposal “an egregious breach of faith” driven by “an arbitrary deadline so that Congress can go home for the holidays.”

Officials from the Military Officers Association of America estimated that the proposed 1 percent cut in the annual inflation calculation for retiree pay will cost a typical enlisted member $83,000 over 20 years, and a typical retired officer more than $124,000 over the same span.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: military

1 posted on 12/12/2013 4:45:07 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

steep funding cuts


That’s funny, right there.


2 posted on 12/12/2013 5:44:46 PM PST by pluvmantelo (Obamism=Chavism)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
Senate Democrats on Thursday vowed to push through a proposed budget deal to avoid steep funding cuts and government shutdown threats for the next two years [including] a reduction in cost-of-living increases for military retirees under the age of 62... In a letter to Congress and the White House on Wednesday, members of the Military Coalition — 33 veterans and military advocacy organizations — called the proposal “an egregious breach of faith" driven by “an arbitrary deadline so that Congress can go home for the holidays."
Repeal Obamacare, Impeach Obama/Biden. Thanks Oldeconomybuyer.


3 posted on 12/12/2013 7:08:28 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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