Skip to comments.Veteran Group Leader: Paul Ryan Budget Deal a 'Total Betrayal'
Posted on 01/16/2014 3:37:38 AM PST by markomalley
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America founder Paul Rieckhoff told Fox News Megyn Kelly on the The Kelly File that the budget deal House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) cut with Senate Budget Committee chairwoman Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) is a total betrayal to American military members.
On Wednesday evening, the House voted to pass the second part of the budget dealan omnibus spending bill drafted by House Appropriations Committee chairman Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Senate Appropriations Committee chairwoman Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD). That bill is expected to pass the Senate soon, after which President Barack Obama will sign it into law.
In December, the Ryan-Murray budget deal passed the House, then the Senate and was signed by Obama before the end of the year. The December budget deal legislation is a broad budget outline while this bill that just passed the House from Rogers and Mikulski allots money program-by-program and agency-by-agencymore than a trillion dollars in spending government-wide.
Rieckhoff said the deal is a whole new level of bipartisan stupidity, because it cuts the pension benefits of more than 90 percent of military veterans. While the omnibus bill restores the pension cuts that the original budget deal had taken out for wounded warriors and disabled and injured veterans, it cuts the pensions of all other military veterans.
Its a promise thats been made with our military folks when they raised their right hand and they sign up, Rieckhoff said of the deals military pension cuts. Somebody in Washington came up with this stupid idea to try and find some money to save and they are going to do it on the backs of retirees from the military? Its absolutely absurd.
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A pox on both their houses.
I demand that ALL programs budgets be cut back! Oh, that is all but the one I’m getting money from.
But the lying back stabbing ryan said it was an intervertent mistake, except for the face that he knew that it was in the bill and did NOTHING to correct it.
Then he said that it would be corrected, and we now know how that happened.
Yet he still defends his back stabbing. His creditability is closing fast to equal that of our POTUS. We all know how that is working out. But he can take pride in the fact that he is now a darling of the dumb-o-crats, at least for next xxxxx period of time.
I would tend to agree except for the fact that military retirees have already performed their part and are expecting their employer to live up to end of the deal.
Having said that, I recognize that there is a pretty bad fiscal situation and as a retiree myself, I am more than willing to do my part if (and the following list is IN ORDER):
If they do all the above IN ORDER (in other words, they do #1...and if that isn't sufficient, move to #2, and if that doesn't work, then finally do #3), I would be willing to consider consenting to some sacrifice.
But not until that point. I am not at all sanguine to having to give anything up from my retirement (nor am I willing to give anything up as far as current / retired military benefits for the troops) as long as free money is provided to illegal aliens, foreign dictators, or the lazy who choose not to work.
Ryan has become Boehner lite.
Instead of fighting for SMALLER gubmint they just play let’s go along and get along and keep spending MY MONEY.
Yo Ryan, up yours pal.
paul ryan... a demrat commie that wears republican wing-tips.
What’s your point? Us Veterans should the very last place to make federal cuts. We laid our lives on the line, voluntarilty suspended many of the rightscivilians enjoy while serving. I agree with the other guy who.responded to you. I’ll agree to cuts but only after other places are cut!
I’m beginning to think that the government of France showed more gratitude, consideration and real respect for the French Foreign Legion than Washington DC does for the American citizens who have volunteered for military service.
he is a member of the uniparty..
95+% of the GOP is.
That's what they ALL say. That's the problem.
It seems Ryan preferred to play to his Iowa farm base rather than keep promises made to our military.
You miss the point. Have you served? A dispicable nation takes.from those to whom it owes a great debt, all the while feeding illegal aliens and providing phones to the “poor”. Spare me the high minded rhetoric.
I see what you did there.
This deal breeches the contract, ‘survivor benifits’, which is an insurance plan purchased by the military guy to provide for his family after he dies. After the vet dies, all salary and pension stop, they purchase this plan. Tgey sign it and it guarantees a set monthly stipend forget he surviving spouse.
Ryan and the congres just toll a percentage of it, effectively stealing from future widows
The civilians are the only ones who can stop
This, the military widow has less power than anyone. They are way lower in status than illegal immigrants
Paul Ryan should be ashamed that Romney and him made the announcement that Paul Ryan was going to Romney’s running mate on the deck of the Battle Ship WISCONSIN.
We have about 18 good guys in the Senate and about 80 in the House... the rest are all traitors to what it is that we were founded to be.
I listened to Ryan’s arguments in his interview with Hugh Hewitt and its so disingenuous I could throw up.