Bills introduced to stop vets’ benefits reductions

BISMARCK Legislation has been introduced to reverse planned reductions to veterans benefits in the Ryan-Murray budget plan.

Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., helped introduce the legislation Thursday.

The House and Senate-passed budget contains future reductions to the cost-of-living adjustment for military retirees under age 62, scheduled to begin Dec. 1, 2015.

According to Cramer’s office, the first bill eliminates the reduction altogether, the second bill does the same while replacing the savings with reforms to strengthen the integrity of the child income tax credit, and the third bill acts as a safeguard by exempting disabled veterans and surviving spouses from the change in the event both chambers cannot agree on eliminating the reduction.