Cicilline Statement on Vote to Restore Military Retiree COLA

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives today approved legislation to undo a one percent cost of living adjustment (COLA) reduction for military retirees.  After the vote, which received bipartisan support, Cicilline issued the following statement:

“We owe our veterans a debt of gratitude that we can never repay and while our troops are protecting our nation abroad we need to protect the benefits they deserve and have earned.

“I am proud the House today acted to reverse the one percent cut to military retirement benefits, which was included in the budget deal reached last December, which I voted against.  I urge the Senate to act quickly on this important fix, which will prevent average lifetime military retiree benefits from being reduced by tens of thousands of dollars.

“Our veterans have made tremendous sacrifices to protect our nation and today’s bipartisan vote honors their service and sacrifice.” 

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