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August 31, 2015

Shaheen Announces Bill to Restore Military Retirement Benefits

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., announced Tuesday that she will be introducing legislation to roll back provisions in the pending budget deal that would cut military retirement benefits by reducing cost-of-living adjustments.

Shaheen, who is up for re-election in 2014, said that the plan would be paid for by closing “select corporate tax loopholes,” even though Republicans resisted doing so in the budget agreement that has yet to pass the Senate.

“This bipartisan budget agreement will create economic certainty for small businesses, help promote job creation, and protect our country from another government shutdown but like I’ve said before, it’s not perfect,” Shaheen said in a statement. “The plan I am going to introduce will undo changes to future cost of living adjustments for military retirees and will instead achieve savings by closing corporate tax loopholes. It’s a smart, pragmatic fix and I hope it will generate bipartisan support.”

Earlier Tuesday, a group of Republican senators denounced the cuts in military pension pay and expressed specific dismay at the cuts that might affect disabled veterans. Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., released a statement saying they believed it was wrong to roll back part of the sequester using cuts to military retirees. Though neither Shaheen nor the group of GOP senators mentioned it, the budget deal also includes cuts to the pensions of future federal civilian employees.

“We want Congress to pass a budget, address defense sequestration, and restore military readiness, but it is wrong to try to achieve these goals on the backs of our military retirees — who have risked their lives to defend our country and who have already sacrificed so much,” the three GOP senators said. “We were also appalled to learn that this legislation would even reduce the retirements of those who have been injured in the line of duty and have been medically retired as a result. That is unconscionable, and we call on members of both parties to work with us now to replace these misguided cuts.”

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  1. Karen

    Dec. 17, 2013
    5:06 p.m.

    too late. She voted for the budget that loots veteran benefits.

  2. putupjob

    Dec. 17, 2013
    7:29 p.m.

    I’m with Karen.
    Why did Shaheen vote for the cuts in the first place?
    Not one cent from the civilian pensions were cut.
    Just military pensions, including disabled veterans.

    Rat leeches got nothing cut. There’s your America for you.

    • Yupper56

      Jan. 7, 2014
      11:47 a.m.

      Watch all gifts politicians want to give their constituents before November.
      Clean house in November!

  3. tightloops

    Dec. 18, 2013
    12:17 a.m.

    These Senators just discovered the vets were cut??????? Pleeeeeeeeez, I am so sick of this kind of BS. THROW OUT EVERY SINGLE INCUMBENT SENATOR…We have to throw these rats off the ship once and for all. As for the House, any incumbent who has been there before 2009 needs to pack their bags……the folks have had it with you as well. VOTE ‘EM ALL OUT!!!!

  4. remmy

    Dec. 18, 2013
    9:07 a.m.

    Why not cut tax loopholes that pay illegal immigrants child tax credits by U.S. Taxpayers?

  5. teapartyidiots

    Dec. 18, 2013
    6:10 p.m.

    And now she makes the Republicans vote against veterans benefits. Again, well played.

  6. Lynda Bloomberg

    Dec. 20, 2013
    12:55 a.m.

    She voted for this budget to keep the country running. If this hadnt passed we would be back to square one and the Govt would shut down on Jan 15th. So pass it now and go and fix it. That is what she is doing. Are you going to cut your nose off to spite your face? No you have to look at the WHOLE thing and then go back and fix a few things.

    • Lynda Bloomberg

      Dec. 20, 2013
      12:56 a.m.

      Plus these cuts dont go into affect til Jan 2015… time to pass the bill and then some.

    • gadsdengurl

      Dec. 22, 2013
      9:13 p.m.

      She’s out in 2014 anyway.. goodbye you career liar and Obama hack.

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