The latest BS from my ‘representative’.

So after congress voted to reduce military pension funds so they they could still give welfare to illegal aliens, I got the following email from my ‘representative’ who voted for this budget. Every word carefully crafted to ensure one doesn’t really know what they voted against (reductions in pensions for everyone in the military under 62, and no one in a civilian federal job). Further those cuts do nothing right now anyway. They did manage to stop an amendment that would have prevented illegal aliens from collecting welfare.

People, the R means nothing. Vote your conscious. Re-elect no one.

Capitol Update December 23, 2013
Budget eases military cuts, reforms pension system for federal workers
Today’s international environment and its emerging threats require a joint force with a ground component that has the capability and the capacity to deter and compel adversaries who threaten our national security interests. Sequestration severely threatens our ability to do this.” —  Army Gen. Ray Odierno, testifying before the House Armed Services Committee on September 19, 2013.

The arbitrary, inflexible spending cuts enacted in 2012 — commonly referred to as sequestration — have taken a heavy toll on our Armed Forces and eroded our military readiness.

The assessment offered by Army Gen. Ray Odierno this fall before the House Armed Services Committee was echoed by his colleagues at the Marines Corps, Navy, and Air Force.

So when a budget proposal came to the House floor on Dec. 12 that would replace cuts to our military with smarter spending reductions, I voted for it. The measure easily passed the House by a 332-94 margin with bipartisan support, and the bill cleared the Senate last week. The President is poised to sign the bill into law.

The budget will reduce our debt by $23 billion without increasing taxes on hard-working American families. We achieve that by keeping 92 percent of the spending reductions that have been in place under sequestration. The difference is we are going after real wasteful Washington spending.

Instead of forcing our troops to bear the brunt of arbitrary spending cuts, this budget proposal would modernize federal pensions to make sure the benefits provided to government workers are more in line with benefits earned by private-sector workers. Read my full statement on the legislation here.

Contrary to some inaccurate reporting and commentary, this budget will not cut military pensions for veterans who are 62 or older.

Our military pension system must be strengthened so we can keep our promises to the men and women who have faithfully served our country. To do that, the budget we passed sets reasonable limits on the cost-of-living adjustments paid to younger veterans — many of whom continue to work after leaving active duty.

In a joint statement issued by the Bipartisan Policy Center, several retired, senior military leaders explained why they backed this budget:

“The provisions in the Bipartisan Budget Act will only slow the rate of increase in pension payments to working-age military retirees – those who are under the age of 62. It will not cut initial retirement benefit payments for anyone nor will it affect any retirees who are 62 or older. Such a change is much needed but it’s only a first step. Additional reforms to compensation to ensure benefits are both fair and sustainable will be essential to slow the rise of personnel costs and to ensure the military is able to make the necessary investments to maintain sufficient capability to fight and win wars.”

In addition to making smarter cuts, the budget also included a provision to stop a 20 percent cut in reimbursement rates for physicians that was set to take effect in January. Slashing reimbursements to doctors who care for seniors enrolled in Medicare would have been disastrous. We now have until April to agree on a long-term solution for setting sensible payment rates for doctors so that they can continue delivering high-quality care to our seniors.


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