Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

There are now multiple press reports that President Obama will agree to a fiscal deal that enacts a so-called a�?Chained CPIa�? to calculate Social Security and veteransa�� benefits. Under this plan, beneficiaries would get cuts in their cost of living adjustments.

This morning, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) joined representatives fromA�The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and other veterans groups to denounce this proposal. Here’s an excerpt from a release about the event:

Leaders of The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and other veteransa�� organizations on Wednesday joined Sen. Bernie Sanders to denounce proposals to cut veteransa�� disability benefits as part of a year-end deal on deficits.

A member of the Senate Veteransa�� Affairs Committee and the Budget Committee, Sanders said there are better approaches to deficit reduction than slashing benefits for more than 3 million disabled veterans and their families.

a�?We must do deficit reduction, but not by cutting programs for people who lost arms, legs and eyes defending our country,a�? Sanders said. a�?We must not balance the budget on the backs of men and women who already sacrificed for us in Iraq and Afghanistan.a�?

Sandersa�� point was echoed by the nationa��s leading veteransa�� organizations.

a�?The American Legion understands the need to restore fiscal discipline, but it should not be done by reneging on this countrya��s promises to its veterans who already have earned these benefits through their service to our country,a�? James Koutz, the American Legion national commander, wrote in aA�letterA�to congressional leaders.

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