Monday, August 21, 2006

70’s Law Costs 61,000 Military Widows Thousands of Dollars in Survivor Benefits

As many as 61,000 military widows whose husbands died of causes relating to their military service lose out on thousands of dollars a year in survivor benefits because of a law that dates from the 1970’s.

Widows and retirees have spent decades trying to persuade Congress to change the law, which hits hardest at the widows of lower-ranking service members and is referred to by many critics as the “widow’s tax.’’

The Senate passed such a change last year and again this year as part of the military authorization bill. But House Republican leaders oppose the change because of its steep price tag, nearly $9 billion over 10 years, Senate legislative aides from both parties say. A change was not in the military bill that passed the House, but lawmakers who support the change are hoping to make it part of the bill’s final version, which is now being worked on by a bipartisan Congressional committee.

- Lizette Alvarez, NYT

LSB: House Republicans apparently care more for the richest 1% of tax payers (their benefactors) than the widows of those paying the ultimate sacrifice to their country. Let’s vote accordingly!

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