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    Submitted Resolutions

    by Former Senator Saxby Chambliss

    Posted on 2013-12-18

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    CHAMBLISS (for himself, Mr. Isakson, Ms. Murkowski, Mr. McCain, Mr. Hoeven, Mr. Johnson of Wisconsin, Ms. Collins, Mr. Blunt, and Mr. Portman) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services: S. Res. 323 Whereas is the responsibility of Congress to get the fiscal house of government in order, and all government spending should be examined to achieve that goal; Whereas HJ Res. 59 (113th Congress), a bipartisan budget proposal, is a first step is this direction, though it fails to address broader government spending issues; Whereas retirees from the Armed Forces, both those who served a full career and those medically retired and their survivors, have provided great service and sacrificed much for our country; Whereas HJ Res. 59 (113h Congress) disproportionally targets these military retirees in the name of fiscal responsibility; and Whereas, while the decisions regarding future spending cuts may be difficult and painful, the solution should require contributions from all Americans: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That it is the sense of the Senate that-- (1) retirees from the Armed Forces should not unfairly bear the burden of excessive government spending; (2) military retirees earned the benefits they were promised upon entering military, and it is the duty of the Senate to protect them; and (3) the Senate should seek alternatives to the provisions of section 403 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2103 (introduced as HJ Res. 59 (113th Congress)) before the effective date of that section and the amendments made by that section.



    Mr. CHAMBLISS. Mr. President, I rise today to submit a sense of the Senate resolution to address the issue of military retirement pay in this budget proposal.

    It is the responsibility of Congress to get our fiscal house in order and that all government spending should be examined to achieve that goal. However, this budget proposal disproportionately targets the retirees of the U.S. Armed Forces in the name of fiscal responsibility.

    We, as a body, acknowledge military retirees, both those who served full careers and those who have medically retired and their survivors. They have provided great service and sacrificed much for our country. Making decisions regarding future spending cuts would be difficult and painful, but the solution should require contributions from all Americans, not just our servicemembers who have sacrificed so much.

    Therefore, I, along with Senator Isakson--and I am pleased to say Senator Murkowski and Senator McCain--have joined in offering a sense of the Senate resolution that military retirees should not unfairly bear the burden of our excessive government spending.

    Our military retirees earned the benefits they were promised upon entering the military, and it is our duty to protect them.

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