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US House Approves Military Pensions Bill

Created: 02/11/2014 4:32 PM WDIO.com

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has voted overwhelmingly to restore full cost of living increases to pension benefits for younger military retirees.

Lawmakers were responding to election-year pressure from veterans groups. The Senate is debating a similar bill, as lawmakers try to reverse course on the most controversial cut contained in budget legislation that was approved less than two months ago.

At issue is retirement income for veterans with at least 20 years of military service. More than 800,000 of those retirees who are under age 62 would have been affected by a provision that would hold annual cost-of-living benefits to a level one percentage point below the rate of inflation.

Critics said it would mean a reduction of nearly $72,000 in benefits over a lifetime for a sergeant first class who retires at age 42.

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