The new federal budget is awaiting President Barack Obama’s signature, after a rapid passage in Congress. But South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham has vowed to battle the measure into next year — signed or not.
Sen. Graham said it was unacceptable to ask our men and women in uniform – including those who are currently serving – to take a disproportionate cut in retirement benefits.
Part of the plan would cut military retirement benefits including those forced to retire due to medical reasons and combat injuries.
“If budgets and legislation reflect our nation’s priorities, what would it say about us if we pass a bill that turns to our veterans and says “thank you for deploying to war and enduring the hardships of military life-but we are going to need you to sacrifice again and give back $72,000 of the retirement you have earned,” Graham said in a press release.
The Democrat who helped write the budget plan agrees. Senator Patti Murray of Washington state says the bill can be tweaked up until 2015, if Congress chooses to. Murray told Politico she would rather take out the provision she says was added by Republican Paul Ryan.
No matter who added it, Graham vows to get it out. His South Carolina Republican counterpart, Sen. Tim Scott also voted against the bill for those reasons.