Skip to comments.Schumer: Veterans Must Face Budget Cuts, Too
Posted on 12/16/2013 11:37:38 AM PST by SkyPilot
It's time for retired veterans to face cuts as the federal government looks for ways to trim expenditures, Sen. Chuck Schumer said Monday.
"Civilian federal employees have been cut, cut, cut. I think there was a feeling, if you're going to cut them further, which was done, that the military retirees should have about an equal amount. It's small," the New York Democrat told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
In the budget plan brokered by Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Washington Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, military service personnel under the age of 62 would take a one percent cut to retirement benefits. The move has drawn fire from military and veterans organizations.
I think (Rep.) Paul Ryan and (Sen.) Patty Murray looked everywhere they could to try and find compromise. Everybody had to take a little," Schumer said.
"They're going to have to pay a tiny, little bit into it, which they never have," he added. But Schumer maintained members of Congress should not be forced to take a pay cut. He said they have already sacrificed, since they have not seen a pay raise "in a long time," and explained most of them are paying more for healthcare insurance.
"We have taken pretty big cuts," he said.
The bill will pass the Senate, Schumer predicted, and said Democrats would "reluctantly vote for it" because they realize the threat of a government shutdown is a "brutal alternative."
The expiration of unemployment benefits in the proposed budget has been a sticking point for some Democrats. Schumer said it would be an issue that would be handled later.
"We'll make a shot at trying to do unemployment insurance separately.
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Schumer is telling veterans that a 20% loss in the value of a pension (earned through a 20 year military career in often the most murderous of conditions) is "just a little bit" - but members of Congress have already been "cut" too much and they will not give up any of their benefits.
This man will smile before the cameras with military retirees and active duty, and then pick their pocket while doing so.
This Ryan-Murray "deal" that betrays our military saves only $6 Billion over ten years - to a Federal government that spends $6.46 Billion per day.
Paul Ryan and John Boehner are currently lobbying the GOP Senate to pass this deal. They are undoubtedly working the phones as I type this.
This has NOTHING to do with saving money.
The Senate should either remove the provision that screws our veterans, or reject the whole thing.
YOU take the frikkin' cut !!!
Please add to you ping list. Many thanks.
Considering only the pay disparity between military and civilian Schumer can kiss my ass
Schmukie has never taken a cut. STFU, loser.
Does this mean that Obozo will forgo his Hawaii vacation? Or any vacation in the future? What’s he cost the taxpayers? Something like 170K dollars per hour?
So he and the other ‘Rats can buy votes with free phones and unlimited “unemployment” payments?
I don’t think so.
Seems like it is double that now.
Send this phony Jew back to his state in an ox cart!
He is an embarrassment to all Jews who care about their nation as well as following their religion!
There’s an old sating that goes, “Don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s raining”, that comes to mind.
Military pensions are small when compared to the pensions of gubmint employees. Oh, by the way, how did Schumer avoid military service? He was born in 1950.
You are correct - see post #12.
what a miserable little prick he is.. these folks already sacrificed more than you ever did and you want them to share the pain even more and then treat them like dirt until you need their vote.. Yuup, D is for dirt, dhimmie, democRat..
Everybody had to take a little," Schumer said.
He is lying.
What "cuts" did Section 8 Housing vouchers take?
What "cuts" did TANF cash Welfare take?
Those are just two of 75+ giveaway programs that were EXEMPT from even the Sequester.
what a putz this peckerhead is
You inow what chuckie?
You are right maybe that frog statuette at Andrews AFB isn’t the best use of taxpayers money.
Lets start there shall we? And not play these stupid pandering gakes od taking baby formula away first you Putz!
When are the Angel Adams types going to face a cut?