Cuts to TRICARE Prime proposed

Tom Philpott Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has advised the 12-member Joint Select Committee on Debt Reduction to consider ending access to TRICARE Prime, the military’s popular managed care option, for working-age retirees and their families, to avoid spending cuts that would directly impact readiness. Unless at least seven of 12 super committee members agree on [...]

Press release: Udall talks deficit reduction plan

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall talked with radio reporters today about President Obama’s deficit reduction plan. He also discussed his push to reinstate the Making Work Pay tax credit and theSenate’s effort to reauthorize Trade Adjustment Assistance this week. For the audio, click here. Below is a timeline of Senator Udall’s remarks: 00:00 – [...]

Lawmakers finalize deficit fix, adjourn session

The Associated Press SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers on Friday wrapped up their special legislative session, sending Gov. Bill Richardson a package of measures to repair a $650 million budget shortfall this year. “It isn’t pretty. It doesn’t solve the problem; we know that. But it’s a step forward,” Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, [...]

Failed spending cuts signal loss of realism

Freedom Newspapers The fading dream that this Congress might ever rise to a level of modest responsibility on spending took a big hit Thursday. House leaders were forced to pull a budget reconciliation bill that would have cut spending over the next five years by about $53.9 billion — a drop in the fiscal bucket. [...]

Plan’s changes don’t benefit spouses

By John Fondrick All the hoopla over the military’s Survivor Benefit Plan breaks down to political votes and whose pocket it will come out of. This is do-nothing, feel-good legislation so politicians can say “Look what I did for the veterans. Vote for me.” In reality, plans that call for increasing SBP benefits from 35 [...]