WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) voted for and praised House passage of an amendment to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 to fix a one percent reduction in cost of living increases for working age military retirees. If it becomes law, the provision would only apply to those who became a member of uniformed service on or after January 1, 2014.
"This provision restores full cost of living increases to all current military personnel who joined the U.S. Armed Forces prior to this year," said Rogers. "We have made tough cuts to federal spending, but we need to fix this flaw in the Omnibus legislation. This amendment will ensure our men and women who have bravely served our military in the wake of 9/11, Operation Enduring Freedom and other important missions, receive 100% of future cost of living increases. They certainly deserve it."
The provision is currently part of the Omnibus package that was designed to save approximately $6 billion in mandatory spending. It would become effective beginning December 1, 2015.
The amendment now heads to the U.S. Senate for consideration.