WASHINGTON — Amid an uproar over future cuts to some military pensions in the recent budget deal, Rep. James Lankford proposed legislation on Thursday to reverse the change.
Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, said the provision, which has angered veterans groups and many lawmakers who opposed the deal, “never should have been in there in the first place.”
Under the complicated provision, military retirees of working age would not get their full annual cost-of-living adjustment beginning in 2016. Instead, they would get the increase with 1 percent deducted. Then, when they turned 62, their retirement pay would be adjusted as if they had received the increase, and they would get the full cost-of-living increase after that.
The pension change was estimated to save $6 billion over 10 years and made no exception for disabled veterans.
Sen. Jim Inhofe, of Tulsa, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, cited the provision in his opposition to the budget deal and said he would work to overturn it.
Republican senators on Thursday tried unsuccessfully to insert a “fix” into the defense bill.