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Ryan-Murray deal cuts military veteran pensions by $6 billion

Posted: December 20, 2013 - 5:38pm

A two-year budget deal hammered out by the House of Representative’s Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis. and the Senate’s Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray, R-Wash. will cut pensions to veterans of our nation’s military by $6 billion over the next 10 years.

Those who stood in harm’s way and served our nation were placed on the chopping block so both houses of Congress and the administration will skate by without a government shutdown or any inconvenience to any of the 535 members of Congress seeking re-election.

Democrats in the Senate blocked a move by Senate Republicans to block the pension cut.

What did pass in its place?

Welfare benefits for illegal immigrants.

“Removing this unbalanced treatment of our military retirees ought to be one of the key actions we should take before this legislation moves forward. In fact, greater savings than this can be achieved by passing a legislative fix recommended by the Inspector General of the U.S. Treasury that would stop the IRS from improperly providing tax credits to illegal aliens,” Alabama Republican Jeff Sessions said, announcing his cosponsorship of Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker’s amendment to restore the military retirement benefits.

The effort failed to gain support.

“By blocking my amendment, they (Senate Democrats) voted to cut pensions for wounded warriors,” he said. “Senators in this chamber have many valid ideas for replacing these pension cuts, including my proposal to close the tax welfare loophole for illegal filers, and all deserved a fair and open hearing. But they were denied.”

The two-year budget deal would ease for two years some of the harshest cuts to agency budgets required under automatic spending curbs commonly known as sequestration. It would replace $45 billion in scheduled cuts for the 2014 budget year already underway, easing about half of the scheduled cuts.