Legislation

Watch here for legislation matters as they occur.

When the apparent need for a strong and prepared military begins to fade from the public perception, the budget cuts to veterans pay and benefits promptly follow. This newsletter has warned veterans on many prior occasions about this process and the necessity to support The American Legion and other veterans groups as they combine their political muscle to protect the welfare of our nation’s veterans. The "sequestration process" is one where across-the-board spending cuts are applied to government programs in order to meet the budgetary goal of reducing the nation’s deficit if the politicians involved in the budget process cannot mutually agree as to what programs should be reduced and how these reductions should apply. Some programs are exempt from this process such as Social Security, Medicare and SSI. Otherwise, the "sequestration" cuts are designed to be applied one-half to defense spending and one-half to non-defense spending. As one would expect, the process has become a political football. One reporter describes the current debate on budget cuts as follows:

"The Obama administration proposed defense budget calls for military families and retirees to pay sharply more for their healthcare, while leaving unionized civilian defense workers’ benefits alone. Several congressional aides suggested the move is designed to increase the enrollment in Obamacare’s state-run insurance exchanges"

As a part of the "sequestration" process, the Office of Management and Budget has already indicated that it might cut a considerable percentage form the VA Healthcare budget. All veterans have a united interest in working to prevent such an "across-the-board-cut." Post 46 members should also exercise their political muscle; so get busy and contact your political representatives regarding this issue!!