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2014-01-02

Cornyn, 'Fix military pensions now'

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United States Senator John Cornyn criticized Senate Democrats recently for blocking amendments that would prevent cuts to service members' pensions and classify the Fort Hood shooting as an act of terrorism.
"I've heard at least two of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle say that, well we can come back and do this next year. Well, why do it next year if we could do it now?" Cornyn asked.
According to Cornyn, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made clear he wouldn't allow further amendments - except of his own choosing. "This attitude the minority any opportunity to help amend and improve the defense authorization bill, one of the most important pieces of legislation this body takes up every year."
Cornyn also noted that in the waning days before the Christmas holidays, Reid jammed through this bill, which Cornyn described as "being agreed upon by basically four people behind closed doors. This denied me, representing 26 million Texans, and those of us who care about calling a spade a spade when it comes to terrorism an opportunity to offer an amendment on the defense authorization bill."
He continued, "And it's a mistake. No less a mistake than denying an opportunity to fix the mistake of discriminatory treatment of our service members whose pensions are being cut as a result of the budget negotiation.
Cornyn called for members of both parties to put politics aside and come together to address the needs of military families and those who have worked so hard and sacrificed so much to preserve freedom.