WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, today announced the Omnibus appropriations bill restores funding for military retirement benefits of medically retired veterans and survivor annuities. These to-be-restored benefits were part of the much larger reduction in military benefits agreed to with the passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013.
“I am pleased with the progress to restore critical and deserved benefits to our nation’s heroes, correcting reductions irresponsibly included in the Budget Act of 2013,” Sen. Moran said. “This measure does not, however, protect all veterans and their families from a decreased cost-of-living (COLA) benefit. We must continue to work on behalf of our retired service members who were promised these benefits.”
Title X of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 would exempt veterans who are disabled as a result of their service and includes survivor benefits for the spouses of deceased veterans as well.
Over the past month, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have worked to allocate the budget set by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, which provides funding for government agencies and discretionary programs for fiscal year 2014. The Omnibus appropriations bill is expected to be voted on in the U.S. House and Senate this week.
- Title X of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 - (28.5 KBs)