Alexandria, Va. (PRWEB) February 04, 2014
Retired Navy Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, President and CEO of Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), spoke at a Capitol Hill press conference today on S.1982, the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014. The bill includes a provision that would repeal the 1% COLA Cut to working age military retirees’ pensions that was established under the Bipartisan Balanced Budget Act late last year.
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, held the press conference to urge Senate passage of the legislation. S. 1982 contains a big package of veterans’ benefits upgrades that were voted out of Sanders’ committee on a bi-partisan basis last year. The COLA Cut measure was added to a new version of the legislation introduced as S. 1982.
“MOAA deeply appreciates the inclusion of a provision in S. 1982 that repeals the unfair 1% COLA Cut of the earned pensions of working age military retirees established in the Balanced Budget Act,” Ryan said.
The legislation would accomplish major MOAA priorities for veterans:
“MOAA thanks Sen. Sanders again for leading the charge on this very important piece of legislation and looks forward to Congress finding a bipartisan solution to fund this bill,” Ryan concluded.
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