McConnell Urges Senate to Restore Benefits for Military Retirees; Senate Democrats Object

Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell called on the United States Senate to consider and vote on an amendment he offered as part of the unemployment insurance bill that would have reversed a provision in the Murray-Ryan budget agreement that reduces retirement pay for certain members of the armed forces.

The McConnell amendment sought to reinstate the full annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for military retirees under the age of 62 who are slated to see their benefits reduced beginning in December 2015. Unfortunately, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) blocked the proposal, which would have paid for the benefit restoration by delaying the Obamacare individual mandate for one year.

“I am disappointed that the Senate Majority Leader and Senate Democrats have refused to vote on my amendment to restore benefits to military retirees, especially those in Kentucky,” Senator McConnell said. “As a long-time supporter of benefits for our servicemembers, veterans, military retirees and their families, I will continue to work towards the restoration of this benefit.”

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