WASHINGTON, D.C.–Mississippi spent two days in suspense, not knowing how any of the Magnolia State’s D.C. lawmakers you sent there felt about the budget deal reached by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). Finally, a news release from Sen. Roger Wicker gave some clues on how the reaction may be going.
Wicker’s Thursday news release said he will oppose the plan. He said there are “unfair cuts” to the retirement benefits of current and past military personnel.
“I do not support paying for increased federal spending on the backs of our retired and active duty troops,” said Wicker. “Congress should not change the rules in the middle of the game for those who have chosen to serve our nation in the military. We can and should do a deal without cutting the benefits of our men and women who have volunteered for a military career. The plan should be rejected.”
Wicker also said that the compromise bypasses the budget conference committee between the House and Senate. The conference was established by the legislative agreement to reopen the government on October 16.
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