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 votes to restrict IRS hires and funding EMILY's List names incumbent Dems it will fundraise for House passes bill to help prevent female veteran suicides 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 PoeIRS head vows to finish term despite impeachment push Overnight Cybersecurity: House to offer bill on government hacking powers House simmers with criticism for Saudi Arabia MORE (R-Texas) introduced a similar bill, H.R. 3807.

Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty MurrayPatty MurrayLawmakers blast poultry, meat industries over worker injuries Senate passes broad spending bill with .1B in Zika funds The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (D-Wash.), who drafted the deal with her House counterpart Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanHouse passes resurrected LGBT measure Ryan seeks to put stamp on GOP in Trump era Overnight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns 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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