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On Tuesday, Senate Democrats blocked a GOP effort to stop cuts to military retirees, Fox News said. An effort by Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Al., would have instead cut some $4.2 billion in annual spending by reining in an IRS credit that illegal immigrants have claimed, Fox added.
Sessions tried to use a parliamentary tactic to force a vote on his amendment, but it failed.
“By blocking my amendment, they voted to cut pensions for wounded warriors,” Sessions said. “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.”
Sessions’ office called it a vote to “cut military pensions instead of cutting welfare for illegal immigrants.”
Murray claimed the vote was really an effort to kill the entire bill.
The budget deal cuts the cost of living increases for non-disabled military retirees under age 62. The move angered a coalition of military groups who say that Congress has betrayed them.
The problem, as CNN Money’s Jennifer Liberto explained, is that many who retire from the military do so long before age 62.
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