BACK UP THOSE MILITARY RETIREES
Yes, the $1.1 trillion federal spending bill is now tethered on Capitol Hill like a gleaming blimp, waiting for purpose.
“I voted against the omnibus bill. It fails to reform an unaccountable government, increases spending by tens of billions and solely targets retired military personnel — the one group of Americans who have given the most to our country — for negative treatment,” says Rep. Ron DeSantis, Florida Republican.
“Now that the Senate has passed the bill, and President Obama has signed it, the work to restore the pensions of military retirees to their pre-omnibus levels begins. The omnibus spends money on corporate welfare, the UN Population Fund, programs established in the 2009 stimulus bill, and advertisements for food stamps in foreign countries,” Mr. DeSantis declares.
“The government also allows billions of dollars in readily correctable fraud, from refundable tax credits given to those unlawfully in the country to improper payments disseminated via entitlement programs. Congress cannot target military retirees yet do nothing to eliminate any of this waste,” he says.