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house Bill H.R. 5428

Do Military Spouses Need the Same Residency Exception For Taxes and Voting That Their Partners Get?

Argument in favor

Letting military spouses use the same state of residence that their servicemember claims is an obvious expansion of the existing exception for members of the military.

Alis's Opinion
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12/06/2016
The con argument about congress using their time better on more substantive matters made me laugh out loud! Congress has been avoiding acting on anything substantive since the Hastert rule was invoked! I feel the need to point out that you wasted your time on over 60 votes to repeal the ACA when there was NO CHANCE OF SUCCESS! You never brought a jobs bill, an infrastructure bill, or the senate immigration bill to the floor. You had 8 separate Benghazi committees wasting untold taxpayer dollars discovering nothing new and not accepting the conclusions of the existing committees' reports. This bill may affect relatively few citizens but, since you in your wisdom have committed us to eternal war, military families need every small consideration we can give them. You should be able to do this: it isn't controversial, you can wave the flag & beat the Bible over your virtue in actually passing a bill. And pretend you are doing what you were elected to do. That is, of course, a fantasy but indulge yourselves & DO SOMETHING USEFUL. FOR A CHANGE. It will shock & please the few constituents who aren't so disgusted that they have quit paying attention.
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Sophia's Opinion
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12/06/2016
Yes but shouldn't require marriage - long term cohabitation and being a father/mother of a veteran's child should also be included. It's 2016. Most of my Millennial peers have kids before they get married if they get married at all.
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LilViking's Opinion
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12/06/2016
This is simply closing a loophole and allowing all military spouses the same legal standing. It isn't a benefit, it simply makes moving with your servicemember slightly less expensive and stressful. Let's remember, our servicemembers don't get a choice about moving, unlike those in the civilian sector. And, realistically, neither do their spouses.
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Argument opposed

In practice, this affects a very small number of servicemembers and their spouses so Congress should find something more substantive to work on.

cristinanicolepr's Opinion
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12/06/2016
Spouses are civilians. If they are not financially stable, they should be given the same resources that other low-income citizens are given. There are welfare programs and jobs available for spouses of soldiers. If anything the case could be made that soldiers as laborers do not make enough money, and that is a different issue to tackle.
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Alan's Opinion
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12/06/2016
Marrying a soldier doesn't make you a soldier. You shouldn't get the same privelages
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Larry's Opinion
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12/17/2016
They should use whatever state they live in or last lived in if they are over seas
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      house Committees
      Economic Opportunity
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedJune 9th, 2016
    The con argument about congress using their time better on more substantive matters made me laugh out loud! Congress has been avoiding acting on anything substantive since the Hastert rule was invoked! I feel the need to point out that you wasted your time on over 60 votes to repeal the ACA when there was NO CHANCE OF SUCCESS! You never brought a jobs bill, an infrastructure bill, or the senate immigration bill to the floor. You had 8 separate Benghazi committees wasting untold taxpayer dollars discovering nothing new and not accepting the conclusions of the existing committees' reports. This bill may affect relatively few citizens but, since you in your wisdom have committed us to eternal war, military families need every small consideration we can give them. You should be able to do this: it isn't controversial, you can wave the flag & beat the Bible over your virtue in actually passing a bill. And pretend you are doing what you were elected to do. That is, of course, a fantasy but indulge yourselves & DO SOMETHING USEFUL. FOR A CHANGE. It will shock & please the few constituents who aren't so disgusted that they have quit paying attention.
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    Spouses are civilians. If they are not financially stable, they should be given the same resources that other low-income citizens are given. There are welfare programs and jobs available for spouses of soldiers. If anything the case could be made that soldiers as laborers do not make enough money, and that is a different issue to tackle.
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    Yes but shouldn't require marriage - long term cohabitation and being a father/mother of a veteran's child should also be included. It's 2016. Most of my Millennial peers have kids before they get married if they get married at all.
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    This is simply closing a loophole and allowing all military spouses the same legal standing. It isn't a benefit, it simply makes moving with your servicemember slightly less expensive and stressful. Let's remember, our servicemembers don't get a choice about moving, unlike those in the civilian sector. And, realistically, neither do their spouses.
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    Not even sure why this was an issue
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    This is a ridiculous thing to vote on when the answer is so obvious. Military spouses and dependents give up a lot to move with their families and they deserve to be treated with respect.
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    Make things easier for military families. Make supporting them more important than sending them to war. Only send them if all other options have been exhausted. I love service members even though I often hate the way they are misused.
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    No brainer
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    Why wouldn't government already allow this! Isn't family an issue in America any longer?
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    I'm a military spouse and this is personally important to me
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    Don't know why this isn't implemented already?......
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    When you are married to the military, you have little control over where you live and when that move happens. Anything that can streamline processes for military families reduces stress on military members, which better helps them to focus on the mission.
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    We owe it to the spouses of our armed forces to make it less stressful and easier when dealing with state taxes.
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    Our military folks and their families need all the support we can give them to help them do their jobs better and have what they need to care for their families. If this change in tax location gives them a better option, I support it.
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    The spouse moves with the soldier. Their voting rights should be similarly protected.
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    Something that should never have been an issue
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    Without question.
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    Sure! Why not? This should have never been an issue!
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    They sacrifice as well, so why not allow them to have some of the same things!
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    My daughter is one of the military spouses that would be affected by this. She met her spouse while he was training in the state that she lived in. He was transferred to another state and they had a long distance relationship for a year before getting married. She has given up everything (career, family, choice of residency etc) to be with him during his assignments. The least that our government could do is extend some of the same benefits to spouses.
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