Senate passes bill to increase disability payments to veterans

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.

If the House acts on the legislation and President Obama signed it, the change would go into effect on Dec. 1.

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.

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