Disgrace! Obama is giving Social Security & ObamaCare to illegals, yet wants to cut military benefits

Saturday, December 6, 2014
By Paul Martin

Investmentwatchblog.com
December 5th, 2014

THE TOPLINE: Troops will be paying more for prescription medication bought off base, and receive smaller housing subsidies and pay raises under an agreement unveiled Tuesday by House and Senate negotiators.

Negotiators unveiled the proposed cuts as part of a 2015 defense authorization bill lawmakers hope to pass before Congress recesses next week.

The cuts do not go as far as Senate negotiators and the Pentagon had demanded, however.

House negotiators agreed to an increase in pharmaceutical co-pays for Tricare, the military’s health insurance system, of $3 in 2015, instead of a $30 increase over 10 years.

They also agreed to a 1 percent reduction in basic housing allowances, versus a 5 percent reduction over three years. Troops would also receive a 1 percent pay raise, versus a 1.8 percent pay raise.

Groups representing military families had lobbied furiously against the cuts, which the Pentagon says are needed to bring its long-term finances under control.

Those groups accused the Pentagon of balancing its budget on the backs of those who have been fighting the country’s wars over the last decade. Their reactions ranged from muted criticism to anger.

Military advocates had flooded Congress with messages to stave off the cuts.

“This is the second Christmas in a row that national leaders have tried to cut military pay benefits,” said Lori Falkner Volkman, a former prosecutor and spokesperson for the Keep Your Promise Alliance, an online coalition of military families and organizations.

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