Alabama's Congressional Delegation votes to restore pension cuts for military retirees
A plan to reverse pension cuts for working-age military retirees easily passed the House today.
Alabama's Legislative Delegation voted unanimously to repeal the 1 percent cut to pension payments for military retirees younger than 62. The cuts were part of the two-year budget agreement passed in October as part of a deal to end the 16-day government shutdown.
The pension change, expected to save about $6 billion over the next decade, were immediately blasted by lawmakers and veterans groups.
Rep. Martha Roby said she was pleased to see cost-of-living adjustments restored for military retirees.
"This country made promises to our men and women in uniform, and we must keep those promises," Roby said. "For the last several weeks, we have been exploring ways to get this done. I am pleased the final House plan reverses the cuts and pays for it through alternative spending reductions going forward."
Several ideas to do away with the cuts, including removing a loophole that allows illegal aliens to claim child tax credits, have been floated in recent weeks. Other talks centered on repealing the pension cuts in exchange for GOP support of raising the debt ceiling.
In the end, the House voted 326-90 in favor of the plan that will restore the full pensions by extending sequestration cuts to mandatory spending under Medicare for one year, through 2024 instead of 2023. That extension will create about $2.3 billion in savings.
The House's passage sends the bill to the Senate, which is already considering its own bill.
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