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(D-NH) Shaheen Announces Bill to Restore Military Retirement Benefits (up for re-election in 2014)
Roll Call ^ | 12/17/2013 | Meredith Shiner

Posted on 12/17/2013 4:08:11 PM PST by markomalley

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., announced Tuesday that she will be introducing legislation to roll back provisions in the pending budget deal that would cut military retirement benefits by reducing cost-of-living adjustments.

Shaheen, who is up for re-election in 2014, said that the plan would be paid for by closing “select corporate tax loopholes,” even though Republicans resisted doing so in the budget agreement that has yet to pass the Senate.

“This bipartisan budget agreement will create economic certainty for small businesses, help promote job creation, and protect our country from another government shutdown but like I’ve said before, it’s not perfect,” Shaheen said in a statement. “The plan I am going to introduce will undo changes to future cost of living adjustments for military retirees and will instead achieve savings by closing corporate tax loopholes. It’s a smart, pragmatic fix and I hope it will generate bipartisan support.”

Earlier Tuesday, a group of Republican senators denounced the cuts in military pension pay and expressed specific dismay at the cuts that might affect disabled veterans. Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., released a statement saying they believed it was wrong to roll back part of the sequester using cuts to military retirees. Though neither Shaheen nor the group of GOP senators mentioned it, the budget deal also includes cuts to the pensions of future federal civilian employees.

“We want Congress to pass a budget, address defense sequestration, and restore military readiness, but it is wrong to try to achieve these goals on the backs of our military retirees — who have risked their lives to defend our country and who have already sacrificed so much,” the three GOP senators said. “We were also appalled to learn that this legislation would even reduce the retirements of those who have been injured in the line of duty and have been medically retired as a result. That is unconscionable, and we call on members of both parties to work with us now to replace these misguided cuts.”


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Mississippi; US: New Hampshire; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: jeanneshaheen; kellyayotte; lindseygraham; mississippi; newhampshire; rogerwicker; southcarolina

1 posted on 12/17/2013 4:08:11 PM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

This isn’t going anywhere. Barry and his ‘RATS need to steal money for their freeloaders from somewhere. The veterans are the obvious choice when you’re a lowlife, America-hating DemocRAT or a GOOB RINO.


2 posted on 12/17/2013 4:13:38 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Merry Christmas to all my fellow Americans. "Whatever" to everybody else!)
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To: markomalley

This is called getting played.


3 posted on 12/17/2013 4:14:16 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: markomalley

This POS had dumb Murray as her rep. Blame the rep, a-hat.


4 posted on 12/17/2013 4:16:41 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: markomalley

This country is toast.

That we have a congress that will cut military retirement promises but still fund studies to find out how frogs have sex, pay billions to various groups to study global warming, establish bears, wolves and other dangerous wildlife in areas the residents thereof oppose, build bridges and roads to nowhere, etc.,.......

Those are more important than a solemn promise to our military?

But of course! No problem. We can pay for it by confiscating the money from rich corporations....

Not one of them is qualified to hold public office.


5 posted on 12/17/2013 4:18:39 PM PST by old curmudgeon
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To: markomalley

“...create economic certainty for small businesses, help promote job creation, and protect our country from another government shutdown...”

BULLCRAP!


6 posted on 12/17/2013 4:19:17 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: markomalley

To Graham, Wicker, and Ayotte: Instead of “releasing a statement” and whining to show how much your heart aches over these cuts to our retired military, why don’t you warriors restore the cuts before you vote for it.


7 posted on 12/17/2013 4:23:23 PM PST by odawg
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To: old curmudgeon

Nah—better to just keep giving fradulent tax breaks to illegals. That’s the ticket. People who sacrificed for the country get the shaft—those who did less than zero for it get treated like royalty.


8 posted on 12/17/2013 4:26:12 PM PST by rbg81
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To: markomalley
Shaheen, who is up for re-election in 2014, said that the plan would be paid for by closing “select corporate tax loopholes,”

Of course they can never just cut spending. It always has to be that someone has to pay more to cover their increased spending.

liberalism is a disease.

9 posted on 12/17/2013 4:30:07 PM PST by South40 (Liberalism is a Disease)
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To: markomalley

The smarter thing to do was not have this part of the budget in the first place. The congress is made up of liars I really do hope they get their just rewards.


10 posted on 12/17/2013 4:33:40 PM PST by funfan
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To: markomalley

And the republicans get duped again...what’s new?

They can’t and frankly shouldn’t vote against this, and any so-called budget ‘deal’ isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.


11 posted on 12/17/2013 4:37:36 PM PST by Vanbasten
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To: markomalley

The GOPe played themselves again. Doing what they can to help the D’s


12 posted on 12/17/2013 4:37:39 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: markomalley

“Government shutdown” my ass. That wasn’t a government shutdown. Anyone who thinks that it was has been doing way too many recreational drugs. Barry’s “media” scared the piss out of the GOOBs and convinced them that the American public was PO’d at them. The gullible GOOBs bought into their lies hook, line and sinker.


13 posted on 12/17/2013 5:17:06 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Merry Christmas to all my fellow Americans. "Whatever" to everybody else!)
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To: markomalley; blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; ...

Active Duty/Retiree ping.


14 posted on 12/17/2013 5:58:03 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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