WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) cosponsored three measures that would restore military retiree benefits that were reduced by the recently passed "Ryan-Murray" Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013. Two of the bills supported by Congressman Jones would repeal the benefit cuts entirely (H.R. 3790 and H.R. 3788), with one of the bills offsetting the cost by closing a tax loophole for illegal immigrants. The third piece of legislation (H.R. 3789) would exempt medically retired service members and surviving spouses from the Ryan-Murray budget's reduction to military retirees’ annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA).
“After all of the sacrifices that our service members and their families have made for us, it is egregious that we would consider cutting the retiree benefits they have rightfully earned through years of selfless service to our country,” said Congressman Jones. “We cannot break faith with our men and women in uniform in this manner.”
Because of the cuts to military retiree benefits, among many other reasons, Congressman Jones voted against the Bipartisan Budget Act when it was considered in the House last week.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) spoke out in defense of Eastern North Carolina’s Tricare Service Centers (TSCs) after the Obama administration announced in November that all domestic walk-in TSCs will be closed as a cost-saving measure. In a letter to Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Jonathan Woodson, Congressman Jones explained that the TSCs at both Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point have seen above average usage rates in the last two years and therefore should not be closed along with the low usage rate centers. The Obama administration intends to close the TSCs in the spring of 2014.
“The TSCs at Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point provide a variety of critical services for our military personnel, from assistance with medical claims to troubleshooting enrollment issues,” said Congressman Jones. “These valuable resources must remain available to the many service members, veterans, and families who call Eastern North Carolina home.”
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