December 5 - In an address today at the National Press Club, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said a proposal floated by congressional Republicans would slash benefits for disabled veterans.
A member of the Senate Budget Committee and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Sanders said deficits must be reined in, but not by taking benefits away from more than 3 million disabled veterans, many of them injured fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Sanders’ criticism was aimed at a proposal offered on Monday by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). He would combine massive cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid with new tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans. The Boehner plan calls for a new method to calculate inflation by using a so-called chained CPI that would reduce annual cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security recipients and, Sanders stressed, for disabled veterans. read more>>>