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Arkansas congressman's 'no' vote vexes military widow

By Lisa Hammersly , Frank E. Lockwood

This article was originally published June 23, 2018 at 4:30 a.m. Updated June 25, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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U.S. Congressman Steve Womack is shown in this Feb. 21, 2018 file photo.

Before approving a proposed budget blueprint this week, the Republican-dominated House Budget Committee blocked efforts to change a federal law that withholds monthly annuity payments from thousands of military widows and widowers.

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TimberTopper says... June 23, 2018 at 5:21 a.m.

One must understand that Republicans are fine with cutting out estate taxes and lowering the tax burden on the rich, and then screwing the average Americans by claiming they are concerned about the increase to the National Debt. Just a lying heartless bunch of bastards.

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RBear says... June 23, 2018 at 7:30 a.m.

Republicans amplified the budget issue and are now taking from widows of deceased service members to attempt to fix the problem they created. I know some right wingers talk about the failed economy inherited from Obama, but the data disagrees with them. This economy was continuing to grow before the Trump tax cuts. Still, Republicans had to pass a tax cut or ... well, they wouldn't be Republicans. Throw out all the deficit cutting talk to get the tax cut through for the wealthy, then return to the old mantra at the expense of average Americans.

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BoudinMan says... June 23, 2018 at 7:40 a.m.

The bankrupt right wing, which a few on this board fully support and enable, basically just told American service widows that they couldn't help the widows because helping them would be "a threat to recent...tax cuts" to the million/billion/aire donor class. How utterly, morally bankrupt. Look, if these guys don't care enough to help a bunch of toddlers, and other children down at the border, you think they give 2 hoots about service widows. Womack and Westerman. Vote 11.6.18

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Quackenfuss says... June 23, 2018 at 8:40 a.m.

This is so bad, so heartless, so utterly unpatriotic, so greedy and so un-American it literally makes me want to throw up. They wave the flag and talk about honoring out military and then apply a rule on pensions to widows of servicemen that DON'T apply to anyone else working for the government. Worse than that, they are actually screwing the widows out of a benefit that their spouses paid for while alive. Unbelievable.

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susangeer1959hotmailcom says... June 23, 2018 at 8:57 a.m.

The soldiers that defend this country do not simply swear to defend this country. The oath they take says that they are willing to DIE for this country. They do so bravely and unwaveringly. When they make that ultimate sacrifice, the country they died for picks their pockets clean of anything they have earned. They take their retirement...the retirement that has been earned and PURCHASED through paid premiums.

Disabled military retirees pay a premium every month to insure that their surviving spouse receives 55% of their retired pay. Upon their death, their pockets will be pilfered, and turned inside out, when the DoD takes that money back.

The amendment presented by Ranking Member Yarmuth (KY) would have changed that. It would have stopped this theft of the earned and purchased insurance annuity called Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP).

What a shame that The policy makers in control of Congress (right now) would think it more important that the wealthy keep more of their wealth than making sure that the fallen soldiers be allowed to have their earned retirement.

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GeneralMac says... June 23, 2018 at 9:36 a.m.

Misinformed RBear states that Republicans are........." NOW takinf from widows"

If some of you would bother to read, you would learn it has been this way for a long time.

"Obama promised to fix it if elected. Eight years later , nada "
" Some members of her group have lobbied congress for almost 20 years and watch bills fail every session "

Do any of you " usual suspects" even READ the article before you bash ?

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Razorglass says... June 23, 2018 at 9:47 a.m.

GeneralMac I read the article. And yes this is the way it’s been however does not have to remain that way. When given the opportunity Republicans would rather give money to the top 1% of this nation rather than sharing some resources of the federal government with the widows of dead servicemen and women when given the opportunity.

Please please please remember this when you vote in November! Drive these fiscally irresponsible GOP members out of office.

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notbot says... June 23, 2018 at 10:01 a.m.

I agree with George Will. Another Trump Poodle.

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itryed says... June 23, 2018 at 10:16 a.m.

Repube Nazis

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GeneralMac says... June 23, 2018 at 10:16 a.m.

.........." Efforts to change the law, via budget amendment, would violate House rules "...

Seems the " usual suspects" never bothered reading that either.

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