Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following comment regarding Senate passage of a measure to restore benefits to military retirees:
"As a long-time supporter of benefits for our servicemembers, veterans, military retirees and their families, I am pleased the Senate approved the legislation which restores the full annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to all current military retirees, including those in Kentucky. Our country's servicemembers volunteered to serve their nation and they are entitled to the benefits they were promised."
Senator McConnell opposed the reduction in this military retiree benefit--which was included in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013--and earlier this year, offered an amendment on the Senate floor that would have restored the full COLA for all military retirees who would have seen the benefit reduced. Unfortunately, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blocked this and other proposals to restore the full COLA which Senator McConnell cosponsored, including the "Keeping our Promise to our Military Heroes Act."