73°
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
3 Day Outlook
Sun
86°
73°
50%
Mon
85°
73°
80%
Tue
83°
73°
90%

Latest Weather Blog

Follow our weather team on social media

House panel rejects cuts in military benefits

1 year ago April 30, 2014 Apr 30, 2014 Wednesday, April 30 2014 Wednesday, April 30, 2014 1:18:07 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congress is saying "not so fast" to a Pentagon proposal to cut subsidies to military commissaries where service members and their families shop at a reduced cost, as well as other proposed changes to benefits.

The House Armed Services Committee unveiled its draft legislation Tuesday, and Republicans and Democrats on the military personnel subcommittee are expected to approve it Wednesday.

Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, chairman of the committee, said the legislation rejects Pentagon proposals "that would have increased out-of-pocket costs for military families." In proposing its fiscal 2015 budget, the Pentagon called for a $1 billion cut over three years to the subsidies for commissaries, reducing the amount to $400 million. The Defense Department is also calling for smaller housing allowances and changes in the health care program.

More News

comments powered by Disqus

Desktop News

Click to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
5 Days
Radar
Today
PM T-Storms
85°
72°
Sun
PM T-Storms
86°
73°
Mon
T-Storms
85°
73°
Tue
T-Storms
83°
73°
Wed
T-Storms
84°
72°