Sen. Ayotte concerned about cuts in COLA for new service members
“What we did last week doesn’t fix everything. In fact, I remain concerned that service members who have joined since Jan. 1 are still facing the same cuts to their cost of living increases,” Ayotte, R-N.H., said Tuesday while standing in front of a small group of veterans at Merrimack VFW Post 8641.
However, following significant attention from Ayotte and other political leaders, Congress last week approved legislation that restores military retirement benefits for current military retirees, and protects service members who joined the military before Jan. 1.
Ayotte described the recent action as a very important step toward correcting a “terrible cut” with an estimated $6.3 billion in savings. Still, she says more should be done.
Last week’s victory in Congress was a result of the men and women in uniform bringing forward their concerns, according to Ayotte.
However, he warned that the commission assigned to study this matter must take into consideration how retiree benefits may directly affect recruit efforts and military retention.
“This is a very important issue that I still think needs to be addressed,” said Ayotte, adding she still had pending legislation she hopes may be beneficial.
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