Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) voted yesterday to undo planned cuts to military retiree benefits for veterans included in December’s Bipartisan Budget Act. The legislation, S. 25, passed the House by a large bipartisan vote of 326-90.
“New Mexico’s active duty service members, veterans and military families make countless contributions to our state and nation, often at great personal sacrifice,” Rep. Lujan Grisham said. “There’s no question that Congress needs to make tough choices to reduce our debt and deficit, but it’s unfair to single out those who selflessly answered the call to serve. I was proud to vote for this bipartisan legislation and I’ll keep working with my colleagues to stand up for those who took a stand for us.”
Congresswoman Lujan Grisham voiced strong opposition to the provision in the Bipartisan Budget Act that cut by 1 percent the annual cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for military retirees under 62, and cosponsored legislation (H.R. 3793) to undo the cuts for all military retirees. The bipartisan Fiscal Year 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which Rep. Lujan Grisham voted for last month, repealed COLA cuts for disabled veterans and military survivors, but left in place the cuts for all other military retirees. If allowed to stand, the annual COLA cut would result in a $69,000 loss in lifetime retiree benefits for the average enlisted service member and $87,000 for the average officer retiring in the future, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service.