But the agreement also requires veterans under 62 to pay more into their retirement accounts.
The Topline: The plan from defense lawmakers to quickly pass a Defense authorization bill in the House and Senate is running into resistance from Senate Republicans.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) criticized...
"At this point I would not attach a lot of importance to it," Ambassador James Dobbins, U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, told the Senate Foreign Relations panel on Tuesday.
Washington's top diplomat in Afghanistan told Congress that President Hamid Karzai is playing a dangerous game in stonewalling a postwar pact, reiterating the Obama administration remains willing to pull all forces out of the country next year.
McConnell criticized Reid for pushing the Defense authorization bill without amendments.
Two senior commanders with the American-backed Free Syrian Army were kidnapped and executed by al Qaeda fighters, highlighting the increasingly violent schism between the country's secular opposition and the Islamic radical groups fighting alongside them.
They are trying to defuse anger over the move to rush through the $607 billion Defense bill.
Kerry looks like he would win his fight for no new sanctions, at least for now.
The attack was the first American drone strike against members of the Yemeni faction since a deadly suicide bombing in the country's capitol of Sanaa Thursday.
Al Qaeda leaders claimed responsibility for the attack, which targeted Yemen's Defense Ministry.