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Budget Battle: Democrats Block Amendment to Restore Military Retirement Benefits for Wounded Warriors

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Apparently Congress failing to make sure military death benefits for families of soldiers killed overseas would be paid out during the government shut wasn't a big enough disgrace for lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Here we are two months later and Democrats have blocked an amendment that would restore $6 billion in cuts to military retirement pensions over the next 10 years.

A final effort by Senate Republicans to halt cuts to pensions of military retirees failed late Tuesday, after Democrats blocked an amendment to the controversial budget bill.

The two-year budget agreement, which cleared a key test vote earlier in the day, was expected to get a final vote no later than Wednesday.

Ahead of the final vote, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., tried unsuccessfully to use a parliamentary tactic to force a vote on the amendment, which he wrote to undo the cuts for military retirees.

Think we don't have the money to offset the $6 billion? Think again. Apparently illegal immigrants collecting IRS tax money is more important than making sure our veterans are taken care of after voluntarily putting their lives on the line for our country.


Sessions wanted to instead eliminate an estimated $4.2 billion in annual spending by reining in an IRS credit that illegal immigrants have claimed.

He and fellow senators argued the bill unfairly sticks veterans and other military retirees with the cost of new spending.

“It’s not correct, and it should not happen,” Sessions said on the floor.

"By blocking my amendment, they voted to cut pensions for wounded warriors," he said afterwards. "Senators in this chamber have many valid ideas for replacing these pension cuts, including my proposal to close the tax welfare loophole for illegal filers, and all deserved a fair and open hearing. But they were denied.”


Not to mention, yesterday Republican Senator Tom Coburn released his annual Waste Book detailing billions of dollars spent on things like studying romance novels, customized crystal stem wear, buying Facebook "likes" and other egregious abuses.

Last night on The Kelly File, Concerned Veterans for America CEO Pete Hegseth and Dr. Vivian Greentree explained that these benefits are actually disability payments for wounded soldiers who have to leave service early due to devastating injuries while serving in the field.



As usual, Capitol Hill doesn't have its priorities straight.

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by on Dec. 19, 2013 at 9:01 AM
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jaxTheMomm
by Platinum Member on Dec. 19, 2013 at 12:04 PM

http://money.cnn.com/2013/12/18/news/economy/military-pension-budget/index.html?hpt=po_c1

But Washington leaders, and House Republicans, in particular, are worried about the cost of military retiree benefits.

In 2012, the Pentagon spent $52.4 billion on 2.3 million military retirees and survivors. The cost is expected to rise over the next few decades, according to the Department of Defense Office of the Actuary.

House budget chief Rep. Paul Ryan's website states that military retirement "provides an exceptionally generous benefit, often providing 40 years of pension payments in return for 20 years of service," in an explainer on why benefits should be trimmed.

"Current levels of military compensation are incompatible with the overall demands on the defense budget," according to a House Committee on the Budget Report.

Military groups say they're open to reforms, but they'd like such changes to go through a review process to avoid anything that hurts recruitment and retention. To top of page

Healthystart30
by Silver Member on Dec. 19, 2013 at 12:05 PM
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I didn't see any resident republicans post anything about Paul Ryan and his comments about veterans, why is that?
It's ok for him to say that these people usually have another job anyway, it's ok for him to not give exception to disabled veterans in the beginning?

Blind sheep!
Sisteract
by Whoopie on Dec. 19, 2013 at 12:08 PM
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Quoting Healthystart30: I didn't see any resident republicans post anything about Paul Ryan and his comments about veterans, why is that?
It's ok for him to say that these people usually have another job anyway, it's ok for him to not give exception to disabled veterans in the beginning?

Blind sheep!

Partisan politics.

Fiscally conservative until they see what it actually means.

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Dec. 19, 2013 at 12:09 PM


Quoting usmc0351wife:

Very disrespecting to the very people that went and fought for this country.  I truely hope everyone that voted for this budget, regardless of party is replaced.  How low can you go to "save" a buck?

They always start low-

tnmomofive
by Bronze Member on Dec. 19, 2013 at 12:19 PM
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 I never heard of the comment. If he said that then I do not agree with him. I don't care for a one of the politicians in DC right now anyway no matter their party affiliation. They are all lying pos ..and they are the main reason that our country is in so much trouble.

Quoting Healthystart30: I didn't see any resident republicans post anything about Paul Ryan and his comments about veterans, why is that?
It's ok for him to say that these people usually have another job anyway, it's ok for him to not give exception to disabled veterans in the beginning?

Blind sheep!

 

Healthystart30
by Silver Member on Dec. 19, 2013 at 12:24 PM
Quoting tnmomofive:

 I never heard of the comment. If he said that then I do not agree with him. I don't care for a one of the politicians in DC right now anyway no matter their party affiliation. They are all lying pos ..and they are the main reason that our country is in so much trouble.


Quoting Healthystart30: I didn't see any resident republicans post anything about Paul Ryan and his comments about veterans, why is that? It's ok for him to say that these people usually have another job anyway, it's ok for him to not give exception to disabled veterans in the beginning? Blind sheep!

 



I agree with you, they all suck!
Not only did he say that he also said something about republicans winning next election! It drives me nuts that republicans and democrats know that one of them will win.
And it's because of people that blindly follow their party no matter what! So not only are they responsible for all the crap we are in, so are the people that continu to vote for them!
tnmomofive
by Bronze Member on Dec. 19, 2013 at 12:26 PM

 Yep

Quoting Healthystart30:
Quoting tnmomofive:

 I never heard of the comment. If he said that then I do not agree with him. I don't care for a one of the politicians in DC right now anyway no matter their party affiliation. They are all lying pos ..and they are the main reason that our country is in so much trouble.


Quoting Healthystart30: I didn't see any resident republicans post anything about Paul Ryan and his comments about veterans, why is that? It's ok for him to say that these people usually have another job anyway, it's ok for him to not give exception to disabled veterans in the beginning? Blind sheep!

 



I agree with you, they all suck!
Not only did he say that he also said something about republicans winning next election! It drives me nuts that republicans and democrats know that one of them will win.
And it's because of people that blindly follow their party no matter what! So not only are they responsible for all the crap we are in, so are the people that continu to vote for them!

 

LoveMyBoyK
by Ruby Member on Dec. 19, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Why wouldn't they use it?  What a stupid thing to try to denounce the right OR left over ... golly gee whiz Beave, that nasty old Republican is telling people *GASP* what issues they have with things done by the left that they want to correct"  OH THE FUCKING HORROR!!!!! 

Quoting Sisteract:

And repubs/Libertarian (right) are salivating at the possible power grab- 

Using wounded folks as a political tool, eh

Repulsive.

 

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"Rule of thumb is if it lets you carry it in a purse, it's not a dog; it's a proximity alarm that refuses to be housebroken." -- Cracked.com

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Dec. 19, 2013 at 1:39 PM

 

Quote:

Ahead of the final vote, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., tried unsuccessfully to use a parliamentary tactic to force a vote on the amendment, which he wrote to undo the cuts for military retirees.


So REPUBLICANS and DEMOCRATS passed the budget deal


 

LoveMyBoyK
by Ruby Member on Dec. 19, 2013 at 1:39 PM
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 Blind sheep?  Really? 

The day the partisan in our country stop justifying their own parties disgusting behaviors and choices by saying "well, they did it TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!" is the day this country may just start back on the path to healing and unity.  

 

Quoting Healthystart30: I didn't see any resident republicans post anything about Paul Ryan and his comments about veterans, why is that?
It's ok for him to say that these people usually have another job anyway, it's ok for him to not give exception to disabled veterans in the beginning?

Blind sheep!

 

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"Rule of thumb is if it lets you carry it in a purse, it's not a dog; it's a proximity alarm that refuses to be housebroken." -- Cracked.com

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