The House has passed a bill that would reverse a cut to pensions to military retirees set into motion by the budget deal forged last year.
The vote was 326-90, with one member voting present.
The bill now goes to the Senate, lawmakers are considering a similar fix, but the path forward in that chamber is unclear as negotiations around a possible offset continue.
The House bill would reverse a one percent cost of living adjustment (COLA) for working age military retirees, which was put into the budget deal crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.
The cuts were estimated to save about $6 billion.
The legislation that passed the House would change the one percent cut so that it only applies to those members, or former members of an armed force, who became a member of a uniformed service on or after January 1, 2014.
The costs in the House bill would be offset by extending sequestration spending levels for mandatory spending, specifically Medicare, into 2024.
First published February 11 2014, 12:47 PM
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Previously, Thorp served as NBC Newsâ€™ long-term presence in Haiti after a devastating earthquake hit that country in 2010. Thorp has also worked at CBS News.
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