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house Bill H.R. 4958

Raising the Cost-of-Living Compensation Rates for Veterans and Their Survivors

Argument in favor

While it doesn’t establish automatic cost-of-living increases, this bill does provide a boost the benefits received by veterans and their families for another year.

Jim's Opinion
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05/20/2018
The cost of living is exceeding the amount of compensation provided. Do the right thing and vote yes.
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OlderNWiser's Opinion
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05/21/2018
This is only a tiny first step since it only raises payments for one year to a group of people notoriously under paid no matter what propaganda would ask us to believe. Our military often struggle for housing and necessities, so if this is the first step and many more follow to provide decent pay for our military. military retirees, and their families, let’s take this step now and immediately add cost of living increases that are real.
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David 's Opinion
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05/21/2018
Of course this needs to happen, and needs to be tied to an annual COLA formula. The only reason Congress insists on doing this every year is so it can be used as a “See what I’ve done” moment in their reelection campaigns.
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Argument opposed

Rather than having to approve this cost-of-living adjustment each year, the benefits provided to veterans and their survivors should be indexed to inflation or increases in Social Security benefits.

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05/21/2018
Rather than having to approve this cost-of-living adjustment each year, the benefits provided to veterans and their survivors should be indexed to inflation or increases in Social Security benefits.
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Chickie's Opinion
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05/21/2018
I vote no. I suggest our Veterans and their spouses/dependents receive COL increases mirroring the increases of Social Security. This ensures any COL increases are automatically provided versus coming up to a vote every year. In order to be fiscally responsible I suggest our Congressman, Senators and any other positions that are voted into office by us, the constituents, should undergo performance review at the end of each year served. The reviews should be performed electronically by their constituents. The amount of the raise will be contingent upon the representatives performance. This will enhance our representatives focus to work hard for their constituents, not lobbyists or special interest groups.
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Linda 's Opinion
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05/21/2018
This shouldn't have to be a yearly thing. Care ,and health should be part of the normal increase of social security and medicare
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  • EnactedOctober 9th, 2018
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed September 25th, 2018
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
  • The house Passed May 21st, 2018
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedFebruary 7th, 2018

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What is House Bill H.R. 4958?

This bill would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to increase the rates of compensation for several areas of veterans’ living expenses. As of December 1, 2018 — the rates of veterans’ disability compensation, additional compensation for dependents, the clothing allowance for certain disabled veterans, and dependency and indemnity compensation for surviving spouses and children would be increased. Each of these increases would be based on the percentage used to raise Social Security benefits.

Impact

Veterans and their survivors; and the VA.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 4958

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL) introduced this bill to raise the cost of living compensation rates for veterans and their survivors:

“I’m proud to carry this bill to provide important cost-of-living adjustments to our nation’s veterans and their dependants. It’s vitally important that we ensure the mena and women who have served our nation receive the benefits they have earned. We need to get this legislation through Congress and to the President to provide certainty to our nation’s heroes.”

Original cosponsor Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) added:

“Ensuring our heroes’ benefits keep pace with the rising cost of living is the least we can do for them. With a cost-of-living adjustment, we were able to put more dollars in the hands of the men and women who served our nation and their families on a bipartisan basis last year, and I am hopeful that we will be able to do it again in 2018.”

This legislation passed the House Veterans Affairs Committee on a voice vote and has the support of five bipartisan cosponsors, including four Democrats and one Republican. Last year’s legislation to raise the COLA for veterans passed both chambers of Congress by voice vote.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit:  The U.S. Army / Public Domain)

AKA

Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2018

Official Title

To increase, effective as of December 1, 2018, the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans, and for other purposes.

    The cost of living is exceeding the amount of compensation provided. Do the right thing and vote yes.
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    Rather than having to approve this cost-of-living adjustment each year, the benefits provided to veterans and their survivors should be indexed to inflation or increases in Social Security benefits.
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    I vote no. I suggest our Veterans and their spouses/dependents receive COL increases mirroring the increases of Social Security. This ensures any COL increases are automatically provided versus coming up to a vote every year. In order to be fiscally responsible I suggest our Congressman, Senators and any other positions that are voted into office by us, the constituents, should undergo performance review at the end of each year served. The reviews should be performed electronically by their constituents. The amount of the raise will be contingent upon the representatives performance. This will enhance our representatives focus to work hard for their constituents, not lobbyists or special interest groups.
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    This shouldn't have to be a yearly thing. Care ,and health should be part of the normal increase of social security and medicare
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    This is only a tiny first step since it only raises payments for one year to a group of people notoriously under paid no matter what propaganda would ask us to believe. Our military often struggle for housing and necessities, so if this is the first step and many more follow to provide decent pay for our military. military retirees, and their families, let’s take this step now and immediately add cost of living increases that are real.
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    None of the government benefits have kept up with the cost of living. They all need increasing. Instead of this piecemeal method, index it to inflation. SS and all the others too.
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    Of course this needs to happen, and needs to be tied to an annual COLA formula. The only reason Congress insists on doing this every year is so it can be used as a “See what I’ve done” moment in their reelection campaigns.
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    Yes and have another bill that makes these increases automatically adjusted according to inflation.
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    While it doesn’t establish automatic cost-of-living increases, this bill does provide a boost the benefits received by veterans and their families for another year.
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    I think this is good but it should be an automatic update to the system like SS
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    Quality universal healthcare, not an increase in “incidental” payments for clothing.
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    Are military has never been paid especially if they are enlisted
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    Tie Veterans’ compensation to the current cost of living for the area where each Veteran and her/his family live. Eliminate all unnecessary paperwork and other bottlenecks to Veterans’ benefits!
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    While this is a kind of Stop Gap measure, it helps our Veterans & survivors NOW. Putting this on hold to get a total reform passed will delay it at least until after November Midterm elections. And the way Liberals are screaming, it’s better to get it fixed before they manage to screw it up forever.
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    Along with many other opinions, this appears to be a tedious, time-consuming, costly annual review and approval. Just tie it to the index and allow it to self adjust on an annual basis. Make reviews of base rates and other parameters on say a five year basis.
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    They paid with protecting our country and they should be compensated for that privilege to keep our country safe
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    As a disabled veteran I agree that a cost of living increase is due.
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    I Approve This Bill with the intended Cola of Active Duty so if the Military Gets a 3% Payraise or COLA increase so Should Disabled Veterans.
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    Yes, military personnel deserve to receive a livable wage. It’s sad that this is a matter that still needs to be addressed and shows how little the federal government cares about past and present military personnel.
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    Our veterans have served our country. They deserve a fair benefit structure that compensates for rising costs of living.
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