Apparently Congress failing to make sure military death benefits for
families of soldiers killed overseas would be paid out during the
government shut wasn't a big enough disgrace for lawmakers on Capitol
Hill. Here we are two months later and Democrats have blocked an amendment that would restore $6 billion in cuts to military retirement pensions over the next 10 years.
A final effort by Senate Republicans to halt cuts to pensions of
military retirees failed late Tuesday, after Democrats blocked an
amendment to the controversial budget bill.
The two-year budget agreement, which cleared a key test vote
earlier in the day, was expected to get a final vote no later than
Ahead of the final vote, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., tried
unsuccessfully to use a parliamentary tactic to force a vote on the
amendment, which he wrote to undo the cuts for military retirees.
Think we don't have the money to offset the $6 billion? Think again.
Apparently illegal immigrants collecting IRS tax money is more important than making sure our veterans are taken care of after voluntarily putting their lives on the line for our country.
Sessions wanted to instead eliminate an estimated $4.2 billion in
annual spending by reining in an IRS credit that illegal immigrants have
He and fellow senators argued the bill unfairly sticks veterans and other military retirees with the cost of new spending.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs not correct, and it should not happen,‚ÄĚ Sessions said on the floor.
"By blocking my amendment, they voted to cut pensions for wounded
warriors," he said afterwards. "Senators in this chamber have many valid
ideas for replacing these pension cuts, including my proposal to close
the tax welfare loophole for illegal filers, and all deserved a fair and
open hearing. But they were denied.‚ÄĚ
Not to mention, yesterday Republican Senator Tom Coburn released his annual Waste Book
detailing billions of dollars spent on things like studying romance
novels, customized crystal stem wear, buying Facebook "likes" and other
Last night on The Kelly File, Concerned Veterans for America CEO Pete
Hegseth and Dr. Vivian Greentree explained that these benefits are
actually disability payments for wounded soldiers who have to leave
service early due to devastating injuries while serving in the field.
As usual, Capitol Hill doesn't have its priorities straight.