Rep. Martha Roby joins fight to protect military retirees, House bill designed to stop pension cuts
Just one day after the Senate's passage of a two-year budget agreement, Montgomery Republican Martha Roby is joining with other representatives to try and change one of its most controversial provisions.
Roby, along with Rep. Mike Fitzgerald, R-Penn., is joining with other lawmakers to repeal a provision that reduces pensions for working age military retirees beginning in 2015. Roby said she'd like to see the cuts replaced with a measure to prevent illegal aliens from receiving payments through the Refundable Child Tax Credit.
Roby, who voted for the budget plan in the House, said it does set a sustainable path for controlled federal spending and lessens the impact sequestration will have on the military. However, she said House members were not allowed to present amendments to the bill once it was on the House floor.
"One provision that is particularly troublesome is the one percent reduction in the cost of living adjustment for working age military retirees beginning in 2015. Just look at the vast federal government that is rife with waste. Are reductions to military benefits really the best place for Congress to make cuts? I don't think so, and that is why I believe that provision should be removed," Roby said.
The bill is the House version of one introduced earlier by Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-AL. A vote on Sessions measure was blocked, however, and lawmakers have vowed to repeal the measure.
The House bill introduced today would require recipients of the Refundable Child Tax Credit to be eligible citizens. The change could save as much as $7 billion a year as compared to the $6 billion in savings over the next decade from the cuts to cost-of-living adjustments for retired veterans younger than age 62.
Roby said she is working to have the measure come before the House when it returns in 2014.
"We need to make this right. In the coming weeks, we will try to use our position of strength in the House majority to improve upon the budget agreement and better prioritize our budget savings," Roby said.
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