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Feb 13, 2014 6:09 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

Military Pension Cuts Restored

CORPUS CHRISTI - Good news for veterans. Congress has passed legislation to restore military retirement benefits that were cut when the federal budget passed in December.

When the budget passed, it cut $6 billion in benefits for military retirees under the age of 62.

Our congressman, Blake Farenthold, voted for the budget, but also co-sponsored several bills to restore those pension benefits.

The amendment that passed yesterday was not one of those bills, but he was eager to vote for it.

"When the budget was presented it was presented as a compromise that no one was really happy with, but everybody could live with, but it was clear the veterans couldn't live with what was in the budget, and again, I have no problem with that, I agree with them. We made them a promise, we should keep that promise. We shouldn't ask them to sacrifice anymore," Farenthold says.

Those pension cuts hadn't gone into effect yet. So, the issue was effectively fixed before any veterans were affected.

The bill is expected to be signed the president in the coming days.

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