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Senate Dems vote to cut pensions for vets instead of welfare for illegals… Disabled military retirees NOT exempt


Senate GOP fails in final bid to restore military pension cuts to budget bill

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.

A provision in the already House-passed bill would cut retirement benefits for military retirees by $6 billion over 10 years.

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

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/12/17/senate-gop-fails-in-final-bid-to-restore-military-pension-cuts-to-budget-bill/

Disabled Military Retirees Not Exempt from Pension Cuts in Budget Deal

A provision cutting the pensions of military retirees in the bipartisan budget deal that the Senate will vote on this week does not exempt disabled veterans, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.

Disabled retirees were previously thought to be exempt from the changes to military retiree pay, which could cost servicemembers up to $124,000 over a 20-year period.

The Free Beacon previously reported that military retirees under the age of 62 would receive 1 percentage point less in their annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in the plan crafted by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D., Wash.).

http://freebeacon.com/disabled-military-retirees-not-exempt-from-pension-cuts-in-budget-deal/

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  • Marsha

    Shame on Congress. Our soldiers come before the illegals!

    • Billy Bumtrip

      Not under the Obama admin.

      • cjdoren

        Obama did not write the budget, Paul Ryan and his idiot math is responsible for this. The right wing was pushing to cut veterans benefits for a long long time. Now they have done it.

      • weslen1

        THAT is a super sized CROCK. OBAMA has deported MORE illegals than ANY other president, AND it was your RWNJ HERO Ronny Reagan who gave AMNESTY to MILLIONS of illegal Mexicans, among others. Contrary to your RWNJ whining beliefs, illegal immigration is A-OK with your side, as long as it comes from Cuba, and, also, for the record, ALL Puerto Ricans, although Spanish Speaking, ARE U.S. Citizens BY BIRTH, Just Like You.

  • Glenn McBride

    Ah, Congress hard at work lowering their already abysmal 6% approval rating. Stay classy, people!

  • Robert Mull

    First who put this in the bill?? Who ever votes for this should be ashamed of themselves. I called my reps yesterday and told them they are the ones that should be de-funded. Our boys and girls gave them life and limb to protect America and this is how they get repaid?? I also told them when I was in I was told we would be taken care of well I see no more. Next time one of these azzes go to Walter Reed for their photo ops the troops should turn their backs on them, also if they decide to go to the theater of operations I would refuse to protect them and I would take that article 15.

    I suggest every American call your reps and let them have it I told them that if this passes I will vote for anyone other than them at the next election. They all need to be REMOVED and lose their retirement.

    • fempatriot

      @Robert M: I doubt that they would lose their retirement, Don’t they get full “retirement benefits” after one cushy term? (I would hope they would lose something–but so long as our Congress can vote their own “perks”–they’re going to take care of themselves whether they do anything to help the average American or not.

      • Robert Mull

        I know they need two terms to get their retirement, but as you said they need to lose something it just pisses me off that our boys and girls some gave all and some gave limbs and more and these azzes in there decide to cut from them when everyone knows there is so much waste in Washington that the military is what they decided to cut. They all need to be thrown out or pulled out by their ears and tared and feathered and told never to come back. Then we need to make changes so this does not happen again.

      • cjdoren

        CONGRESS DOES NOT DESERVE ANY RETIREMENT AND THEY NEED TO TAKE A CUT IN PAY SINCE THEY WANT ALL THESE CUTS. THEY ARE PADDING THEIR OWN POCKETS WITH OUR TAX DOLLARS. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. OUR MILITARY PUT THEIR VERY LIVES ON THE LINE. THEY ARE PROMISED A RETIREMENT WHEN THEY SIGN UP AND IT SHOULD NEVER BE DECREASED.

  • npd1969

    Illegal Aliens should Not receive one penny and should be deported. The members in congress should be placed in Sheriff Joe Arpio’s Tent City Jail for life without any ‘luxuries’ like TV or hot meals. Let them Eat Bologna Sandwiches and let them wear pink jumpsuits.

  • mkztg

    Every single member of Congress that voted for this budget deal needs to be removed from their position. I hope the voters in their districts remember what they did and make sure they don’t get reelected when their term is over!

  • Carol

    Every American should pick up the phone and call his 2 senators and 1 congressman about this OUTRAGE. No, they DON’T listen, but you can BLAST their stupid answering machines. OUTRAGE from MILLIONS generally DOES get their attention!
    This action by congress should tell the military JUST EXACTLY whose side they should be on in the coming revolution! Riot police in Germany, Italy, and Thailand have all pulled off their riot gear and joined the demonstrators. Think our jack-booted Israeli-thug trained American police will do the same?

    CONGRESS SWITCHBOARD (202) 224-3121

    • OldBald06

      WH Switchboard (202)456-1414

  • mfskinner

    It is time to go and arrest the entire stinking batch of criminals in NY and DC until then just grin and bend over.

  • HootZap

    Congress makes it hard for military members to understand what it is we fight for…a democracy that appoints leaders who are self-serving and untrustworthy? I’m a 28+ year veteran and I want to do my part to help restore the economic security of our nation just like everyone else. I would be willing to take a hit in my retirement pay IF I saw congress taking a commensurate hit in theirs. Keep in mind that military have to put in 20 years just to get 50% pay for pension, and only a very small portion of the highest ranking officers, who have likely put in 30 or even 40 years in the military, will get 100% pension. Congress men get 100% after just two terms. And when I die, my spouse will get a small token of my pay, and only because I pay hefty monthly premiums to do so. when a congressman dies, his spouse continues to receive the pension. Hmmmm So I say, if Congress were cut their pay based on the number of years they were serving, and restructure similarly to the military, then I might be able to stomach this. Adding salt to the wound is that Congress had the opportunity to trade cuts to those who’ve served two or more decades for their nation for cuts to those who aren’t even citizens of our nation, and sure as heck aren’t placing themselves in harms way on behalf of our nation, and they chose not to do so. I suppose Congress intends to ensure illegal aliens can vote in the next election.

  • Guest

    They threw out Jesus Christ in America; what would make ‘WE’ veterans are any better than God. It’s time to fall on your knees before God and stop bowing to government.

  • Dave

    They threw out Jesus Christ in the u.s.; what would make ‘WE’ veterans think that we are above God? It is time we fall on our knees and ask God to reign in our Godlessness. 2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

  • Donald

    We should have a vote reduce the pension of our congress and senators. In addition, we should amend their retirement benefits paid by us/taxpayers to what a military Soldier gets when he/she retires from the military. As we all know our congress and senators put their lives on the line everyday being deployed all around the world sacrificing the lives of our families for our country and the very people who choose to take more and give less. Please vote to send all these ungrateful people home. We need a change that can only come by electing people that believe in The American Soldier.

  • OldBald06

    Claw back the pensions and war chests of all sitting and FORMER Congress people… All the way back to 1950!!!