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Disabled Vets Get COLA Cut, Illegals Get Welfare

From the Washington Free Beacon:

Disabled Military Retirees Not Exempt from Pension Cuts in Budget Deal

By Elizabeth Harrington | December 17, 2013

A provision cutting the pensions of military retirees in the bipartisan budget deal that the Senate will vote on this week does not exempt disabled veterans, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.

Disabled retirees were previously thought to be exempt from the changes to military retiree pay, which could cost servicemembers up to $124,000 over a 20-year period.

[M]ilitary retirees under the age of 62 would receive 1 percentage point less in their annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in the plan crafted by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D., Wash.).

The section of the U.S. code that has been altered also applies to disabled servicemembers, many of whom have been wounded in combat…

Imagine the outrage if any welfare benefit were to be cut by 1%?

An original copy of a summary of the budget agreement, obtained by the Free Beacon, explicitly stated that disabled veterans would be exempt:

“This provision modifies the annual cost-of-living adjustment for working-age military retirees by making the adjustments equal to inflation minus 1 percent,” reads the summary, which was sent on Dec. 10. “This change would be gradually phased in, with no change for the current year, a 0.25 percent decrease in December 2014, and a 0.5 percent decrease in December 2015.

“This would not affect servicemembers who retired because of disability or injury.”

The summary now posted on the House Budget Committee website removed the sentence relating to disabled retirees…

Gee, someone in Washington reneged on a promise?

Sens. Roger Wicker (R., Miss.), Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), James Inhofe (R., Okla.), and Kelly Ayotte (R., N.H.) have said they are opposed to the deal because it cuts the benefits of military retirees, while not imposing equal cuts to federal civilian workers…

Naturally. Most of them are unionized.

Over the weekend, Ryan said it is possible to make changes to the military retiree provision, since it will not take effect immediately… Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D., Mich.) also has said he will review the cut to military pensions…

Sure he will. And the rest of the Democrats in the Senate will also work to change this. Until they decide they won’t.

From the Daily Caller:

Senate Dems block amendment to restore veteran benefits by closing illegal immigrant welfare loophole

By Caroline May | December 18, 2013

Senate Republicans were unable to stop military pension cuts when Senate Democrats blocked a vote on an amendment to prevent the cuts by closing a welfare loophole for illegal immigrants Tuesday night…

Alabama Republican Jeff Sessions … offered his own amendment to restore the cuts by targeting a child tax credit loophole that illegal immigrants have used to unlawfully obtain welfare benefits.

In 2011, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found that “individuals who are not authorized to work in the United States” and therefore did not have a valid Social Security number were still able to obtain billions in Additional Child Tax Credits by filing returns with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number.

Specifically the Internal Revenue Service watchdog found that unauthorized individuals received $4.2 billion refundable credits in Processing Year 2010…

Sessions hoped to attach his amendment to the deal — which would have closed the loophole by requiring a Social Security number to claim the refundable portion of the child tax credit and restore military retirement benefits.

Sessions’ motion failed on a 46 – 54 party line vote, with North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan crossing the aisle as the lone Democrat to vote with the Republicans.

Gee, where was Carl Levin?

“Reid’s majority just voted to keep pension cut for vets instead of cutting welfare payments to illegal aliens,” a Sessions aide emailed…

They have their priorities. Besides, they know the military tend to vote Republican. So to hell with them.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Disabled Vets Get COLA Cut, Illegals Get Welfare”

  1. canary says:

    Death by attrition

    Education benefit cuts to “active US military” for example is no tuition aid until one year of service after the soldier’s training is completed which could take a year or the entire length of service misconstruing all ongoing training.

    Military personnel who already have a degree must serve “ten years” before any tuition education assistance a degree mustf mean . Also, those in the military with a degree must serve ten years before they can receive any assistance.

    A US Marine officer that warned his troops and higher ranking officers that an Afghanistan policeman who was a known pedophile and working for the Taliban was going to strike a US base where US soldiers were “not allowed to bear arms” is being kicked out of the military. His warnings went unheard by officials leading to the executions of 3 US Marines. The gay corrupt Afghanistan police man handed his boyfriend an assault weapon who preceded to mow down unarmed US Marines.

    Dead US Marine parents learn their son had his heart removed and sold before his body was returned to the state. Feds then shipped a heart to the parents which DNA testing showed was still not their son’s heart.


    And to think Obama now wants US Troops serving in Afghanistan until 2024.

    It will only be by the grace of the wicked corrupt Afghanistan President Karzai’s greedy demands that Obama may back out of Karzai’s wishes for US troops to stay another ten years and die for him.

    Along, with keeping US Troops from furthering their knowledge and contribution to the USA, there appears to be other ways to weed out US soldiers. Paying life insurance may be less costly than salaries, benefits, and medical expenses.

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