Walsh Admits Budget Deal Hurts Vets, Supports It Anyway

Aaron Flint posted on December 18, 2013 08:34 :: 27919 Views

It hurts veterans and military retirees…but I support it.  That’s the gist of Democratic US Senate candidate John Walsh’s response to the budget deal moving forward in the US Senate.

Walsh told the Montana Television Network’s (MTN) Sanjay Talwani that he supports the deal.

“I do think that we are doing it unfairly on the backs of our veterans and the men and women who fought for our country and served our country,” he said.

“But I think it is a compromise that, you know, that both sides of the aisle were able to come together. Neither were able to get everything they wanted. 

Congressman Steve Daines (R-MT), running for the US Senate seat on the Republican side of the aisle, voted against the budget deal that chops military pensions.  Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester (D-MT) both voted to allow the budget deal to move forward in the US Senate.

While Lt. Gov. John Walsh said he supports the budget deal, even though it whacks military pensions, why couldn’t they have cut perks for illegal immigrants instead of wounded warriors? 

Fox News has this:    

A last-ditch effort by Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., to stave off cuts to military benefits in the bipartisan budget deal was not able to overcome a Democrat blockade Tuesday. The Alabama senator’s plan called for an elimination of an estimated $4.2 billion in annual spending by reining in an IRS credit claimed by illegal immigrants. Session blasted Democrats after the vote saying, “By blocking my amendment, they voted to cut pensions for wounded warriors.” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. went further saying, “Nobody wants to shut down the government, but here’s the question: Is the choice between keeping the government open and screwing all the military retirees, is that the right choice?” While the budget vote was much closer than the House vote, 12 Republicans voted to advance the bill Tuesday. Majority Leader Harry Reid could push the measure to final passage as soon as today. Fox News has more.
[“We have a very dangerous debt.  It’s the reason why we have a government that continues to grow the debt and an economy that’s not creating enough jobs because this debt issue goes unresolved.” – Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on “Hannity” Watch here.]

Meanwhile, The Kelly File also featured a military spouse, Babette Maxwell, whose husband is an active duty naval officer who plans to retire soon after nearly two decades serving our country. Babette is the cofounder and executive editor of Military Spouse magazine.

Here’s what she had to say:

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zoe rainey

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 3:03 PM

We should first cut Congress & state & federal public employee pensions! The veterans served voluntarily to protect our country & should be given what they deserve for their hard work! If Tester, who sits on the Veterans committee, votes for this, his chances for a third term is very slim! Veterans are a powerful voting block in Montana!

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