The budget being debated in the U.S. Senate breaks the nation’s promise to our military heroes by cutting pensions to hundreds of thousands of veterans.
A compromise, hammered out by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., was approved by the House and survived a Senate cloture vote Tuesday. The next Senate vote will be decided on the bill’s merits.
Fox News host Megyn Kelly invited military wife Babette Maxwell on “The Kelly File” the evening before the cloture vote. She and other spouses are holding a “Twitter town hall,” asking the Senate to reject the cuts.
Maxwell told Kelly the cuts amount to an average $83,000 reduction for enlisted personnel and $124,000 for officers, affecting some 600,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.
“We’ve lost 5,000 lives, 2.4 million of us have deployed, we have 50,000 of us dealing with traumatic brain injury and over a quarter of a million dealing with post traumatic stress disorder,” she said. “I think they have gotten their pound of flesh.” Amen to that.
Senate Republicans were defeated in an attempt to add an amendment, introduced by Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., to remove the military pension cuts from the budget, according to Fox.
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Budget deal cuts military pensions — Kelly File