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COLA adjustments to military retirees holding up budget passage

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COLA adjustments should be the same across the board. Discussion today about Senate Republicans resisting cost of living adjustments to military retirement schedules, and thereby holding up the budget approval highlights a larger requirement.

The larger requirement is for uniformity of cost of living adjustments tied to a common standard across all government-linked benefits including Social Security. In fact, why not just link everything to Social Security?

Special deals just complicate governance. When Republicans cry for smaller government, how about simplifying the laws and regulations like they say they should?

Military retirees, civilian, and government retirees should be treated equally and fairly, don’t you think? Cheating Detroit pensioners out of their retirement isn’t fair either.

Congress needs to get onto the same page and treat people fairly and equally. People can’t plan their lives when Congress is so unpredictable.

Senator Graham should recuse himself for having a conflict of interest.

“Cuts for military retirees costing GOP support for budget deal


December 16 at 6:00 am
Three Senate Republicans have spoken out against the bipartisan budget deal that the House approved last week because of concerns about spending cuts that would affect working-age military retirees.

In a joint statement last week, Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) said they cannot support the legislation because it “disproportionately and unfairly targets those who have put their lives on the line to defend our country.”

The budget agreement crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) would reduce cost-of-living adjustments for working-age military retirees by 1 percent starting in December 2015. The existing rate would apply again when former service members reach age 62.



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