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"While this bipartisan agreement is not perfect, it takes a step toward fiscal responsibility and returns us to regular order. For the fourth year in a row, we are cutting discretionary spending which hasn't happened since the Korean War. This bill provides funding to reduce the processing backlog for Veterans Disability Claims and provides
"While we are still working hard to ensure that all members of the military receive the Cost-of-Living-Adjustment (COLA) that they are due, this bill takes a step toward that goal and ensures that 63,000 medically retired members of the military and their survivors receive a full COLA. Since amendments were restricted, my colleagues and I have already joined together to introduce legislation to prevent any reductions to the COLA attached to all military retirees. We are urging our colleagues to take up this important legislation immediately.
"I voted for this agreement because it is our last chance to prevent the full impact of the national security-threatening sequester cuts that would harm our safety and the well-being of our men and women serving in areas of conflict across the globe. It would also reduce the deficit by more than
* Fiscal Year 2014 runs from
* Rep. Ross introduced H.R. 239, the Zero-based Budgeting Ensures Responsible Oversight Act (http://dennisross.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=316820)
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