Senator: Boehner Plan Would Cut Benefits For Disabled Vets

GOP House Speaker John Boehner’s plan to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff would slash benefits for disabled veterans, according to Sen. Bernie Sanders, the left-leaning Vermont independent. A member of the Senate Budget and the Veterans’ Affairs committees, Sanders says deficits must be reined in, but not by taking benefits away from more than 3 million disabled veterans, many of them injured fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sanders’ criticism was aimed at a proposal offered on Monday by Boehner, which would combine massive cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid with new tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans. The Boehner plan calls for a new method to calculate inflation by using a so-called chained CPI that would reduce annual … Continue reading