Well on 12 December 2013 the U.S. House voted 332-94 for a two-year federal budget that will set spending at $1.012 trillion for the 2014 fiscal year and $1.014 trillion in 2015. And then the representatives voted 350-69 for a $632.8 billion defense bill — the National Defense Authorization Act — that will keep the military funded through the current fiscal year. Oh be still my heart. Due to the fact that Republicans could not sell lemonade on a hot summer day, and deliver a message to the American People that the Democrats and Barack Obama shut down the federal government. And because of that fact they are epileptically afraid to stand by true conservative principles of smaller government and less taxes. So they made a purely POLITICAL BARGAIN to possibly help Republicans defeat Democrats in the 2014 mid-term elections.
So the republicans voted to help themselves out politically but the left veterans standing out in the cold December wind. You see they left military retirees in the cold by reducing the annual cost of living benefit increase. Now this may not seem like much but when the cost of everything from fuel for the family car to milk for the dinner table, every little bit helps. And lets not forget, these people actually served the Nation, not served themselves so as to be elected to office in D.C.
Not unexpected but disgraceful none the less.
Military advocates are left wanting by the budget, too: Veterans who retired from the military before age 62 will see a reduction in their annual cost-of-living benefit increase.
Those cuts have infuriated veterans advocates, who have vowed to fight the plan in the waning days of the 2013 legislative session.
In a letter to Congress and the White House on Wednesday, members of the Military Coalition — 33 veterans and military advocacy organizations — called the proposal “an egregious breach of faith” driven by “an arbitrary deadline so that Congress can go home for the holidays.”
Officials from the Military Officers Association of America estimated that the proposed 1 percent cut in the annual inflation calculation for retiree pay will cost a typical enlisted member $83,000 over 20 years and a typical retired officer more than $124,000 over the same span.