Senator Sessions calls for “Swift, diligent action” to fix Vets pension cuts


Today, Senator Jeff Sessions office has released a couple of statements.  The first of these you will find below.  This statement is in response to comments from Christine Fox, Acting Deputy Secretary for DoD.  See below for Session’s statement.

“I was pleased to see Christine Fox, Acting Deputy Secretary of the Department of Defense, agree with the need to fix the veterans’ pension cuts contained in the recent budget deal. These cuts could amount to a more than 60 percent reduction in COLA adjustments for those who served and are serving now.

 However, I do not agree Congress can afford to wait to implement these fixes. Our military servicemembers answered the call of duty without hesitation. We owe them swift, diligent action to fix these unfair cuts with smarter and more intelligent offsets like those that have been proposed. For instance, I continue to believe that—if put to a direct vote—there could be bipartisan support for a plan that would reverse the cuts and instead close a tax credit loophole which allows illegal immigrants to claim benefits to which they are not legally entitled. This would be the definition of common sense.”