Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement on Senator Shaheen's phony attempt to repeal military retiree benefits cuts that she voted for. The Nashua Telegraph reported this afternoon that after facing heavy criticism for her vote, Shaheen will attempt to undo the cuts after the final passage of the budget deal:
"Just like her phony ObamaCare 'fixes,' Senator Shaheen's latest effort is nothing but a desperate, election year stunt designed to distract from her dismal record. Senator Shaheen failed to stand up for New Hampshire veterans and voted to allow sweeping cuts to military retiree benefits that will hurt the people who have sacrificed the most for our country.
"It is disingenuous for Senator Shaheen to continually vote to enact bad policies, and then hide behind empty and ineffective attempts to undo the damage caused by her actions. Granite Staters are smart enough to see through Senator Shaheen's dishonesty and realize that this is a classic example of a deceitful Washington politician trying to have it both ways."
There Are 9,511 Military Retirees In New Hampshire. (Department Of Defense, Office Of The Actuary,Statistical Report On The Military Retirement System, Fiscal Year 2012, May 2013)
The Military Officers Association of America Predicts A Retiree Could See An Average Loss Of More Than $3,700 A Year From The Budget Deal - Or About $83,000 By The Time He Or She Hits 62. (The Washington Post, 12/16/13)
The Veterans Of Foreign Wars Estimated The Budget Would Reduce The Benefits For A Typical Enlisted Person Who Retires At Age 40 By $80,000 By Age 62. "The Veterans of Foreign Wars estimated it would reduce the benefits for a typical enlisted person who retires at age 40 by $80,000 by age 62." (The Washington Post, 12/16/13)