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Schumer: Veterans Must Face Budget Cuts, Too
« on: December 16, 2013, 03:22:51 PM »
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Schumer: Veterans Must Face Budget Cuts, Too
Monday, December 16, 2013 11:33 AM

By: Wanda Carruthers

It's time for retired veterans to face cuts as the federal government looks for ways to trim expenditures, Sen. Chuck Schumer said Monday.

"Civilian federal employees have been cut, cut, cut. I think there was a feeling, if you're going to cut them further, which was done, that the military retirees should have about an equal amount. It's small," the New York Democrat told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

In the budget plan brokered by Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Washington Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, military service personnel under the age of 62 would take a one percent cut to retirement benefits. The move has drawn fire from military and veterans organizations.

"I think (Rep.) Paul Ryan and (Sen.) Patty Murray looked everywhere they could to try and find compromise. Everybody had to take a little," Schumer said.

"They're going to have to pay a tiny, little bit into it, which they never have," he added.
But Schumer maintained members of Congress should not be forced to take a pay cut. He said they have already sacrificed, since they have not seen a pay raise "in a long time," and explained most of them are paying more for healthcare insurance.

"We have taken pretty big cuts," he said.

The bill will pass the Senate, Schumer predicted, and said Democrats would "reluctantly vote for it" because they realize the threat of a government shutdown is a "brutal alternative."

The expiration of unemployment benefits in the proposed budget has been a sticking point for some Democrats. Schumer said it would be an issue that would be handled later.

"We'll make a shot at trying to do unemployment insurance separately. And, then, work on it next year," he said.


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Re: Schumer: Veterans Must Face Budget Cuts, Too
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2013, 03:38:40 PM »
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But Schumer maintained members of Congress should not be forced to take a pay cut. He said they have already sacrificed, since they have not seen a pay raise "in a long time," and explained most of them are paying more for healthcare insurance.

Eff you, Chuck. While your valiant defense of the coffee bars, high end restaurants, and K Street are respected, why should you get off when people who merely risk life and limb, going months without seeing their families, do not.
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Re: Schumer: Veterans Must Face Budget Cuts, Too
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2013, 03:50:22 PM »
  Did any feds take a cut???

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Re: Schumer: Veterans Must Face Budget Cuts, Too
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2013, 03:59:00 PM »
  Did any feds take a cut???

No..no one but the vets will get cuts.....

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