Congressman Steven Palazzo, (MS-4), today voted in favor of a measure to restore cost of living adjustments, or COLA’s, for working-age military retirees and veterans. The bill passed by a vote of 326-90.
In a statement, Palazzo said: “I fought against devastating defense cuts for more than two years because they threaten to put tens of thousands of troops out of work and make us weaker as a nation. My support for an imperfect budget bill was the first step in restoring much-needed support for our men and women in uniform. Since that bill passed, I’ve also worked to restore cost of living increases for working-age military retirees. Today’s vote begins to make things right for those who have spent their lives in service to our nation.”
Shortly after passage of the initial budget plan passed in December, Palazzo joined House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, (FL-1) in introducing two measures that would protect cost of living adjustments for military retirees. The budget plan restored $31 billion to defense budgets that had already been slashed from sequestration and faced further cuts over the next two years.
Palazzo is a Marine veteran of the Persian Gulf War and has served with the Mississippi National Guard.