February 7, 2014
legislators in both the House and Senate are moving to repeal the recent cuts to COLAs for working age military retirees
established in the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA).
majority of legislators already supporting repeal efforts, the debate now turns
to how to pay for repeal.
of bills could be considered by the Senate next week.
Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) took steps to bring another repeal bill, S.
1963, from Sens. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) to the Senate floor
February 4, MOAA President Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, USN (Ret) spoke at a press conference held by Sen. Bernie Sanders
(I-Vt.), the Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, urging Senate
passage of the legislation. S. 1982. This bill includes omnibus veterans’
benefits upgrades along with COLA repeal.
Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee,
announced plans for an alternative veteran’ benefits bill including COLA repeal
with a different offset.
the Capitol, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced this week
that he plans to include a COLA cut repeal provision in his upcoming proposal
to raise the debt ceiling.
to clear both chambers any proposal will likely require a bipartisan offset.
many moving parts it’s unclear which proposal will carry the day, but the
prospect of floor debate offers some hope that a bipartisan solution can be
Senate will likely act first. Send your legislators a MOAA-suggested message in support of the numerous
proposals coming forward next week.