Ryan: We Must Protect Disabled Military Retirees and Survivors’ Benefits

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee released legislation that builds on the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013. The appropriations bill reflects House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan’s work to protect disabled military retirees and survivors’ benefits. Ryan had promised to exempt service members who are medically retired and persons receiving survivors’ benefits from the reforms to military compensation included in the budget agreement.

Following the release of the appropriations bill, Chairman Ryan issued the following statement:

“During consideration of the Bipartisan Budget Act, some of my colleagues raised legitimate concerns about how these reforms would affect disabled retirees and survivors’ benefits. So Senator Murray and I promised to support an amendment to the law that would exempt them from the proposal.

“This bill makes good on that promise. I thank my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee for including these changes in the bill.”

Section 10001 of the defense appropriations bill amends the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 to exempt medically retired personnel (known as Chapter 61 retirees) and survivor-benefit-plan annuitants from the temporarily reduced cost-of-living adjustment for working-age military retirees. This will ensure that those who sacrificed the most in military service do not see any reduction in benefits as a result of the military retirement compensation reform that was included in the budget agreement.

For more on the rationale behind the military retirement reform in the budget agreement, click here to read Chairman Ryan’s op-ed in USA Today.