” I am appalled by the fact that Congress is looking to balance the federal budget on the backs of the very people who make and keep this country strong. I initially VOLUNTEERED for military service back in 1975. At that time the Federal Government had a contract with me stating that if I hung in for at least 20 years, I would have free medical and a retirement check to count on. Since then the Federal Government has “re-written” this contract many times, always at the expense of the GI’s. This habit of always sticking it to the military people who are career oriented and working for at least 20 years to be eligible for benefits when Congress has to only serve 5 years in order to become vested is outrageous. You sit in your office every day while me and tens of thousands like me, strapped a weapon on every day, willingly putting themselves in harm’s way every working day of our career and stood the line between the USA and the people who wish to do it harm. I did this as a Police Officer in the Air Force for 20+ years and now Congress is looking to cut my benefits and/or increase my premiums. Couple this and the unbelievably high taxes I pay and this will just about put me at the poverty level. I vehemently oppose any change in military retiree or future retiree’s benefits. It is my prediction that if Congress guts the military retirement benefits, you will be placing the United States Military and the DOD as a whole on the path to ruin. If cuts to retirement benefits are going to happen, then by reason, all monetary enlistment enticements must be cut also. These acts alone will cause the retention rates and enlistment rates to plummet. After all, who would volunteer to do a job that you could easily get killed doing, for little or no benefits or security for your family? I sure wouldn’t, and neither will anyone else. There are plenty of areas within the DOD that can be trimmed that are incredibly wasteful. I suggest starting there and other bloated federal offices that are in need of going on a diet, such as the IRS, the Post office, TSA and other incredibly wasteful departments before you bring the axe down on the very people who make your job possible. In conclusion, you need to be aware of the fact that there will be electoral repercussions if you pursue this course. I for one will work tirelessly for your opponent during your next election cycle. I will tirelessly inform your constituents of your actions against the veterans and retired military community. Your actions will not go un-noticed. I will post each and every vote you cast on this subject and I will endeavor to teach your constituents how to follow your votes via the several watch dog web sites at our disposal. It doesn’t matter if you are a Liberal Democrat of a Conservative Republican, if you turn your back on the vets, we will reciprocate in-kind. You will not have our support or votes. ”
SENATOR MURRAY RESPONSE:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the recently created Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, of which I am a co-chair. I appreciate hearing from you about your priorities for this process. As you may know, on August 2, 2011, President Obama signed the Budget Control Act of 2011 into law after its bipartisan passage through Congress. Following an initial down payment of almost $1 trillion in deficit reduction through cuts to discretionary spending, this legislation created a Joint Select Committee tasked with identifying further deficit reduction of approximately $1.5 trillion. In the event the Committee is unable to produce a plan to meet that amount, immediate across-the-board cuts will be enacted that will come from both defense and non-defense spending. In accordance with the legislation, Committee members were to be appointed by Majority and Minority Leaders in each chamber of Congress. On August 10, 2011, I was asked by Senate Majority Leader Reid to co-chair the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. I agreed to accept this role because I take the goals of this Committee seriously and because I believe that it is time for members of both parties to work together to improve our nation’s financial future. Currently, I am working with my House and Senate colleagues from both sides of the aisle to address our national debt and deficit in a balanced and bipartisan manner. I know we need to make the tough choices that put our country on a more sustainable fiscal track but I also know that we must protect the middle class, seniors, and the most vulnerable who are struggling mightily in today’s economy. I do not want to pass an unsustainable debt along to my own grandchildren and will be working tirelessly toward a bipartisan plan that reduces our deficit without neglecting the need for investment in areas that help to spur economic growth, create jobs, and promote our country’s long-term competitiveness. I appreciate hearing from you about your priorities for the Joint Select Committee and I will certainly keep the suggestions of Washingtonians in mind as I work with my colleagues to address our fiscal situation. Please continue to pass on your thoughts, as they will help me and my fellow Committee members as we take on this challenge. You can also visit http://deficitreduction.gov for further information about the work of the Joint Select Committee, and if you would like to know more about my work in the Senate, please sign up for my weekly updates at http://murray.senate.gov/updates.
United States Senator
MY COMMENT ON THIS RESPONSE: I am sick and tired of this drivel from this poor excuse of a Senator. It is evident in this letter she cares not about the GI’s and will do whatever she wants irregardless of what her Conservative Constituents/Retired GI’s think. She is every bit as bad as ex-Congressman Brian Baird was. She had got to go. She must be fired…….
REPLY ON LETTER ABOUT S. 724:
Dear Mr. Usaf Retired:
Thank you for contacting me regarding S.724, the Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act of 2011 , which is currently pending in the United States Senate. I appreciate knowing your views on this matter. In the Senate, this legislation falls under the jurisdiction of the Appropriations Committee. As a member of this Committee, I want to assure you that I will be following the progress of this bill and will keep your views in mind if this or related legislation comes before the full Senate for consideration. If you would like to know more about my work in the Senate, please feel free to sign up for my weekly updates at http://murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=GetEmailUpdates. Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me.
United States Senator
MY COMMENT ON THIS REPLY: Who is Mr. Usaf Retired? That is what I put after my last name…. This is direct evidence that she does not even really reply to letters from her Constituents. I realize that these people most likely get hundreds if not thousands of letters, but it is truly evident that our message is not getting through as demonstrated by this pitiful reply………