Lawmakers want military benefits restored

Several bills have been introduced in the House this week that would restore cuts made to military retirees’ benefits.

Lawmakers have complained that a provision in the Bipartisan Budget Agreement, H.J. Res. 59 — which was passed into law last week — reduces the cost of living adjustment (COLA) by 1 percent for military retirees under the age of 62.

The reduction was made to replace $6 billion in sequester cuts to the Department of Defense’s budget.

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Rep. Julia BrownleyJulia BrownleyHouse caucus to focus on business in Latin America House votes to restrict IRS hires and funding EMILY's List names incumbent Dems it will fundraise for MORE (D-Calif.) introduced H.R. 3804, which would completely repeal that provision.

“I believe our service members, veterans, and their families must receive the benefits they have earned and deserve,” Brownley said. “These benefits are owed to them without equivocation. That is why I have introduced legislation to repeal the military retiree COLA reduction.”

Rep. Ted PoeTed PoeOvernight Tech: Dem presses Facebook on gun sales | Praise for new librarian of Congress | Fourth Amendment Caucus to push privacy concerns Overnight Cybersecurity: Guccifer 2.0 releases more DNC docs; China hacked banking regulator Texas lawmaker announces leukemia diagnosis MORE (R-Texas) introduced a similar bill, H.R. 3807.

Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty MurrayPatty MurrayOur children, our future – bridging the partisan divide Overnight Energy: Officials close in on new global emissions deal NBA pulls All-Star Game from NC over bathroom law MORE (D-Wash.), who drafted the deal with her House counterpart Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanTrump, Clinton intelligence briefings likely to start next week Clinton maps out first 100 days Why a bill about catfish will show whether Ryan's serious about regulatory reform MORE (R-Wis.), said lawmakers would work to at least fix a “technical glitch” that also cut the benefits for veterans with disabilities.

House Budget Committee ranking member Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) took Murray’s words to heart and introduced H.R. 3808, which would provide that the annual adjustment of military retiree benefits under the Bipartisan Budget Act shall not apply to service members retired for disability and to retired pay used to compute certain Survivor Benefit Plan annuities.

All the bills were introduced before the House passed an adjournment resolution Thursday. Lawmakers will return early next month to begin legislative work.

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