By Ramsey Cox
The Senate passed a bill Monday evening to increase payments to veterans with disabilities.
Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act, S. 893, which would increase the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates for dependents and survivors of certain disabled veterans.
Sanders argued that the cost-of-living increase was necessary to support veterans who make sacrifices while protecting the country. The increase is the same percentage that Social Security recipients receive.
The bill was passed through a unanimous consent agreement.