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zimv20
Jul 24, 2003, 11:06 PM
according to this piece, (http://www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?ItemID=15354) the Army Times says the GOP-controlled Congress has:

- Canceled a "modest proposal" to increase the benefit from $6,000 to $12,000 to families of soldiers who die on active duty;

- "Roll[ed] back recent modest increases in monthly imminent-danger pay (from $225 to $150) and family-separation allowance (from $250 to $100) for troops getting shot at in combat zones";

- Refused to consider "military tax relief... that would be a boon to military homeowners, reservists who travel long distances for training and parents deployed to combat zones, among others";

- Passed pay raises for "some [higher] ranks," but "cap[ped] raises for E-1s, E-2s and O-1s at 2 percent, well below the average raise of 4.1 percent";

- Accepted a $1.5 billion cut in the military construction request for 2004: A proposal by Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, to restore $1 billion of the $1.5 billion cut by "cover[ing] that cost by trimming recent tax cuts for the roughly 200,000 Americans who earn more than $1 million a year... [who would receive $83,500] instead of... $88,300," was defeated.

SPG
Jul 25, 2003, 12:57 AM
How about slashing veterans benefits the same week they launched the iraq war?

Backtothemac
Jul 26, 2003, 01:47 PM
The reason that the bill was killed was because the republicans want to get rid of all tax for military personel, and the democrats would not allow it to pass.

This piece is a major distortion of the facts.

zimv20
Jul 26, 2003, 02:26 PM
Originally posted by Backtothemac
The reason that the bill was killed was because the republicans want to get rid of all tax for military personel, and the democrats would not allow it to pass.


i hadn't heard that. have you a link?

Backtothemac
Jul 26, 2003, 03:14 PM
Originally posted by zimv20
i hadn't heard that. have you a link?

You can search for the bill. The republicans have been trying to get that passed for years.

SPG
Jul 27, 2003, 11:36 PM
I didn't find it. Care to post it?
I read the actual editorial in the Army Times and it was pretty clear on what's going on. Add to that what's happening to Veteran's benefits right now and there's a lot of pissed off servicemen who are going to think twice before voting for George aWol Bush.