military pensions

Senate Quietly Clears Military COLA Fix After Debt Limit Suspense

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After a suspenseful vote to suspend the debt limit, the atmosphere in the Senate returned to normal in time to clear a measure rescinding cuts in military pension cost-of-living adjustments from last December's budget agreement.  

The action to restore the COLAs came on a 95-3 vote that went largely unnoticed in the Capitol in the flurry of activity surrounding the surprising debt limit suspense .  

Paul Ryan Votes 'No' on Military COLA Bill

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Republicans hastily moved Tuesday to pass a bill reversing cuts to military pensions. But one influential Republican didn't go along: Paul D. Ryan, the man who brokered the deal enacting the cuts in the first place.  

“This bill undermines one part of last year’s bipartisan budget agreement," the Wisconsin Republican and Budget Committee chairman said in a statement after the vote. "I’m glad it keeps the compensation reforms for federal employees and billions of dollars in commonsense cuts. But on military compensation, it takes a step back." The military cost-of-living adjustment bill easily passed under suspension of the rules Tuesday, 326-90. Nineteen Republicans voted against the measure, which would pay for extending military-retiree benefits that were recently cut under the budget agreement by extending sequestration levels for Medicare.