Paul Ryan Defends Military Pension Cuts as Lawmakers Push Repeal
As various lawmakers push to repeal cuts to military pensions, Representative Paul Ryan (D-WI) continues to defend. the cuts. House leadership indicates no plans to take up any repeal.
On December 27, Breitbart News reported that lawmakers from both parties had introduced legislation repealing Ryan's military pension cuts in part or in whole. But according to The Hill, there has been little progress toward reversing the cuts once Congress reconvenes in January.
If the majority of leadership shares Ryan's position, the push to reverse is moot because Ryan has made clear he sees "no choice between responsible reforms of military compensation" versus other reductions military leadership describes as "disproportionate cuts to military readiness and modernization."
Ryan has signaled a willingness to "reverse pension cuts for former service members retired for medical reasons." Beyond that, he is standing his ground.
If the House stands with him, the battle over military cuts will ultimately play out in November congressional elections, where those who supported the cuts will face challenges from candidates who oppose them.
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