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Published On: Fri, Jan 17th, 2014

Sen. Paul, Rep. Poe say keep promise to veterans; take money from foreign aid, sell some federal lands

In response to the recent passage of the House’s $1.1 trillion spending bill, The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, which includes cuts for military retirees younger than 62, reducing annual cost-of-living adjustments by 1 percent starting in 2016, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) introduced  the Uphold Our Promise to Veterans Act, S. 1930 and H.R. 3807, in the Senate and the House, respectively.

Rand Paul at The Citadel Image/Video Screen Shot

Rand Paul at The Citadel
Image/Video Screen Shot

The bill would repeal the provisions under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that reduces cost-of-living adjustments below inflation for retired veterans under 62 years of age and restore funding by eliminating foreign aid to certain countries and authorizing the sale of some Federal lands. Both Sen. Paul and Rep. Poe voted against the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that implemented the cost-of-living adjustments cuts for veterans.

Both Sen. Paul and Rep. Poe released statements on the bills yesterday:

“In a failed effort to save $6.2 billion over the next ten years, Congress and the President broke a financial promise to the veterans of this nation with the passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013. In addition to stripping veterans of their promised retirement compensations, the budget does not balance the budget and raises taxes for all Americans,” Sen Paul said. “We owe it to the men and women who have served in our Armed Forces to protect their livelihood, just as they have protected ours- and the Uphold Our Promise to Veterans Act will do just that. I will continue to do all I can in support of our nation’s veterans.”

“Those who have spent their lives protecting the rest of us should be the last to sacrifice what they have earned in order to pay for even more Washington spending. Congress should instead cut the billions in aid to countries who are not our friends, like Pakistan. This bill would restore this crucial funding by using the billions in foreign aid that we give Egypt and Pakistan each year. We don’t need to pay our enemies to hate us, they’ll do it for free. This legislation would also require the federal government to systematically sell some of its unused and unmaintained land (excluding National Parks and historical sites). Currently, the federal government owns 27% of the total land in our country (equivalent to the size of Western Europe). If this unused land was sold day it could generate up to $1.1 trillion. Selling this land could also inject money back into state and local economies by creating new economic opportunities on this dormant federal land,” Rep. Poe said.

 

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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  1. Rathi says:

    This is not the solution. To take away from foreign aid is to take away from the poorest of the poor in the world. We can always come up with an alternate solution but not by reducing foreign aid. Support aid and support http://www.borgenproject.org.

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