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    Repeal Military Cost-of-Living Cut

    by Former Representative Joe Garcia

    Posted on 2014-01-10

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    GARCIA asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. GARCIA. Mr. Speaker, although the recent budget compromise has given our economy a measure of stability--and we are all thankful for that--it did so at the cost of vital benefits for our military and their families.

    The budget deal cut $6 billion by reducing the crucial cost-of-living adjustment, or COLAs, for thousands of veterans in south Florida and across the country. This is a miniscule part of the Federal deficit-- less than 0.1 percent--but it makes a huge difference for those who have given so much.

    Cost-of-living adjustments help seniors and veterans keep up with the rising costs and basic needs like groceries and clothing. There are a lot of places to cut the Federal deficits, but it shouldn't be in aiding those men and women who have sacrificed so much.

    That is why I have cosponsored legislation to repeal this cut, and I urge my colleagues to join me in support of our Nation's heroes.

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