The budget “deal” is a raw deal for our wounded veterans, thanks to Sen. Harry Reid & Co.
But illegal invaders claiming fraudulent tax credits have nothing to worry about.
by Brian Hayes | Top Right News
America’s bravest were betrayed yet again today, while illegal aliens got to keep their ill-gotten loot. Just another day in Harry Reid’s circus of shame.
Millions of men and women who put their lives on the line for this country are going to see reductions in their pensions, while illegal aliens still have access to a tax credit loophole, in the Budget “fix” announced by the Senate today.
That’s right, despite a promise to “fix” those cuts to those veteran pensions, the “deal” would still leave 90 percent of those cuts in place, according Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL).
Sessions, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee said “the deal fails to restore pension payments for millions of active duty and retired military personnel and leaves more than 90 percent of the original reductions in place,” Sessions said. “For a currently-serving officer nearing retirement, this cut could exceed $120,000 in pension payments, reducing the cost of living adjustments by more than 60 percent.”
Lawmakers, including Sessions, have been pushing to restore all military benefits through cuts to other places in the budget. One idea is to close what’s known as the “tax credit loophole for illegal immigrants.”
“There are better ways for us to save these funds, such as closing the tax credit loophole for illegal immigrants,” Sessions said. “Unfortunately, Leader Reid and his conference blocked my effort to implement this fix during the budget debate in December.”
Reid also has blocked a separate effort by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) to kill the illegal alien tax fraud as part of the unemployment extension negotiations.
How did all this begin?
It was discovered in December that the budget deal House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) cut with Senate Budget Committee chairwoman Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) cuts the pensions of all military veterans by slashing that program by $6 billion. Ryan’s committee had originally claimed in a document distributed to House members and the public that the cuts would not affect disabled or injured veterans, a claim that was later scrubbed from the document without notifying House members of the change. That edit was made two days before the House voted to pass the Ryan-Murray budget deal, which means Ryan knew the cuts would affect wounded warriors when the House voted to pass it.
So Paul Ryan — staunch supporter of illegal alien amnesty — stabbed our vets in the back.
To try and fix this first betrayal, Reps. Martha Roby (R-AL) and Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced a bill that would restore all veterans’ pensions, not just those for wounded warriors, offsetting those cuts with the closing of a loophole in the tax code that allows illegal aliens to access the Refundable Child Tax Credit.
You read that right — to illegal aliens. A watchdog group last year reported that the IRS mailed thousands of ACTC refunds, totaling millions of dollars, to single addresses around the country.
The nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation estimated that restoring the original 2008 citizenship rule would save approximately $24.4 billion annually.
And when Sessions and Ayotte tried to end this disgraceful fraud “loophole”, they were blocked from doing so by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Democrats.
Reid and his ruling party have made a mockery of Senate rules, pushed to hand citizenship to tens of millions of illegal aliens, and now in the ultimate insult are putting those illegals above our bravest wounded veterans.
The only way to stop them is to take away Reid’s dictatorship this November. Will America answer the call for their heroes?
Brian Hayes is a former crime reporter from Tampa, FL who currently blogs about immigration issues.