Senate Dems Block Amendment to Restore Veteran Benefits by Closing Illegal Immigrant Welfare Loophole

Caroline May, Daily Caller, December 18, 2013

Senate Republicans were unable to stop military pension cuts when Senate Democrats blocked a vote on an amendment to prevent the cuts by closing a welfare loophole for illegal immigrants Tuesday evening.

The two-year budget deal brokered by Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, would cut military pensions by $6 billion over ten years, leaving some Senate Republicans scrambling to stop the cuts.

“Removing this unbalanced treatment of our military retirees ought to be one of the key actions we should take before this legislation moves forward. In fact, greater savings than this can be achieved by passing a legislative fix recommended by the Inspector General of the U.S. Treasury that would stop the IRS from improperly providing tax credits to illegal aliens,” Alabama Republican Jeff Sessions said Monday, announcing his co-sponsorship of Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker’s amendment to restore the military retirement benefits Monday.

Additionally, the Alabama Republican offered his own amendment to restore the cuts by targeting a child tax credit loophole that illegal immigrants have used to unlawfully obtain welfare benefits.

In 2011, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found that “individuals who are not authorized to work in the United States” and therefore did not have a valid Social Security number were still able to obtain billions in Additional Child Tax Credits by filing returns with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number.

Specifically the Internal Revenue Service watchdog found that unauthorized individuals received $4.2 billion refundable credits in Processing Year 2010.


Sessions hoped to attach his amendment to the deal—which would have closed the loophole by requiring a Social Security number to claim the refundable portion of the child tax credit and restore military retirement benefits.

Sessions’ motion failed on a 46 to 54 party-line vote, with North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan crossing the aisle as the lone Democrat to vote with the Republicans.


Murray argued that adding more amendments would jeopardize the carefully crafted bill and noted that, given the two-year time frame Democrats and Republicans could continue to work together to find savings in the future.

The budget deal, which has already passed in the House, is expected to pass in the Senate Wednesday.

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  • dd121

    I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that the dem-marxists would put people who are breaking our laws ahead of the men and women who have served our country. Do we need another illustration of their evilness?

    • Non Humans

      Exactly what I was thinking. Screw the soldiers who have put their lives on the line for this country, so we can reward all of the squat-monsters who come here illegally to exploit our welfare, health, education, etc systems.
      Only libtarded dumbocrats could see this as the right thing to do.
      Absolutely Disgusting!!

    • Xerxes22

      This is all part of the compromise bill that anmesty loving Paul Ryan put together with senate Democrats. Ryan would not have included any cuts to veterans’ pensions without first getting prior approval from Boehner. Both parties are knee deep in this evilness.

  • Homo_Occidentalis

    In the long run the democrats are only digging their own graves here. Every politician in all of history has realized that veterans are the one demographic that you want to make happy at all costs, whether by securing for them land, pensions, or employment.
    Veterans are trained, armed, and physically fit. Giving them the shaft is the worst move the Soetoro regime could have made.

    • Sick of it

      American soldiers truly have no reason to follow the dictates of the vile creatures currently in charge of our country. This isn’t even America anymore.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    If anyone needed more proof that the elites are traitors, here it is. They’re putting the ability of criminal illegal aliens to get money they didn’t work for above the ability for American soldiers to have a decent pension after risking their lives for this nation.

    “Specifically the Internal Revenue Service watchdog found that unauthorized individuals received $4.2 billion refundable credits in Processing Year 2010.”

    Absolutely despicable.

    • Ella

      Soldiers also pay federal taxes unless deployed to war zone.

    • Marc Zuckurburg

      I am an advocate of comprehensive immigration reform. You should be, too.

      Comprehensive immigration reform will raise wages and salaries, strengthen national security, prevent terrorism, enhance our domestic crime-fighting ability, ensure that we continue to encourage the best and brightest to partake of the American dream, enhance our competitiveness and our ability to innovate, and make America more prosperous.

      Make my immigration reform comprehensive, please!

  • WR_the_realist

    To Democrats illegal aliens matter more than veterans. Is anyone surprised?

  • bigone4u

    A corrupt Democrat party is looking to buy millions of Mexican votes. They don’t give a rat’s rear end about military folks, because those folks aren’t a big enough voting bloc. But the DemocRATS need to remember who has the guns, bazookas, and missiles. It ain’t the Mexican sewer rates the party loves so much.

  • Larry Klein

    The Democrats would argue they aren’t choosing one group over another. Rather they’re like a spendthrift woman, thinking there’s plenty of money to go around

  • Did the House vote on this yet, if so how did Tammy Duckworth vote?
    What about John McCain?

    • Larry Klein

      They said it was a straight partisan vote except for Hagan, so I’d assume McCain voted for it

  • Spartacus

    If the veterans don’t like it, they should do something about it.

    • Whitetrashgang

      Yes that kind of sums up the whole problem. Nothing till things become really, really bad.What is wrong with people?

  • A Freespeechzone

    When you have a small percentage of Veterans serving in the Senate–and Congress as a whole, you have lawmakers who have no idea or conception of the sacrifice of those who serve and have served.

    Moreover, the attitude against the Military and Veterans is most apparent from the WH and most liberals and Democrats in the Congress who champion ‘rights and freebees’ for illegal vermin who take and bring little, if NO value to this country over Patriots who honorably and selflessly served in defense of this country.

    This is the government that continually looks for reasons to blame Veterans for almost all the ills of society, progressively taking away the rights Veterans defended for the rest of us….

    We have failed our Forefathers…..

    WHAT are YOU going to do about this?

    • Ella

      And yes, this is the same government who invades foreign countries and then, cut their benefits when they return with problems.

      • Tacitus1

        That’s right Ella ! Just recently these “leaders” wanted a war with Syria and still have hopes for a war with Iran. 🙁

  • IstvanIN

    I have always thought that it might be a good idea to mandate military service for anyone running for President or Vice President. I figured it might make the President less likely to send our people overseas to die in unnecessary wars. Maybe we need to have a rule that only those who have served should be allowed to run for Congress as well.

  • Tacitus1

    There was once a republic called Rome which overlooks its veterans and look what happened ! Maybe it will not work out like that here but this story just shows who the Democrats value most. It is not hard work patriots that’s for sure !!

  • DivaEl

    Patty Murray is forever squaking about how much she values veterans and how her dad was a veteran and how much she does for veterans. And then she brokers a deal to cut veterans’ pensions? She must have an incredibly huge pair under that tennis skirt.

  • the GOP is always looking out for the interests of the working class white citizen. That is why when Bush was president and the GOP was in control of congress, Bush and congress fought hard to stop all these affirmative action laws and Bush and congress just went all out to deport every single illegal and put the troops on the border to stop the illegal cheap labor invaders.

    Yeah, I remember that happening. Good to have the GOP watching out for us….

  • scutum

    We are being whipsawed between the treason party (Democrats) and the stupid party
    (Republicans). The only alternative left to us is to form a viable third party
    or sit back and watch the country break apart. The left (Democrats & John
    McCain) think that once the nation starts to collapse, they will be able to
    impose their Marxist agenda on us through force. They may be able to for a
    while, but in the end the country will break apart into several smaller sovereign
    nations, with much of the Southwest uniting with Mexico.

  • Hunter Morrow

    More military worship. None of these people should get pensions. They are not
    heroes and should not be mollycoddled and financially supported.

    If they paid into something, give them the money back. It is all wages.
    GI bill and stock investment is fine but the pension scams must stop.
    Life long pensions starting at 40 is a scam. You probably
    rant and rave over union pensions, from people who did work that
    was useful to society, but now you cry because some tyrant’s toys
    don’t make more than most people do in a year for nothing.

    Where did the military worship come from? Hasn’t the military expenditure
    and adventurism been disastrous for the White race? The right wing was
    traditionally suspicious and hostile to standing militaries but now we’re supposed
    to cry over non-White, homosexuals and jew military member pensions?

    The military sucks. Period. Enough with the worship of these burdens and parasites.

    • Massif1

      Looks like someone wasn’t able to get into the military and now has a problem with it.

      Only 17% of all military members actually serve over 20 years and would qualify for the “retirement,” if you want to call it that. Enlisted service members only receive 50% of their base pay and officers 75% after 20 years of serving the nation. Last time I checked, 50% of $3,500 won’t help a family of 4.

      I wouldn’t be surprised that your entire family receives a government check on 1st and 15th, but you attack people that put their lives on the line – most of whom are white.

      • LeGrandDerangement

        Officers receive 50% after 20 years.

        • Massif1

          Either way – enlisted with 20 years would make a lot less in retirement. After pinning on Major all officers become staff officers and don’t do any running around unlike senior enlisted guys.

      • Hunter Morrow

        I was in it for 4 years and honorably discharged. It is nothing special.

        The worship of these people fighting wars that harm the U.S., paid 1+ trillion a year on this nonsense, is staggering.

        Yeah, they put their lives on the line, but not for Whites. Most don’t do anything important except collect paychecks. Military paychecks are government welfare, in a lot of ways.

        • Massif1

          If you served you know that most infantry units are 95% whites. I’m not talking about black cooks and admin.

          LAPD officers with 30 years can collect a 90K retirement check. I don’t know about you, but other professions in this country are collecting a lot more for doing a lot less.

          The only way to get rid of incompetent military members is to start at the top of the food chain – officers that created that kind of environment.

  • Massif1

    McCain and Kerry are extremely anti-military. Both of these men were officers in the Navy and had the best life while in service.

    • newscomments70

      McCain was in a POW camp for five years. That’s not very nice. Kerry was a hippy, communist burnout. He was protesting with Jane Fonda and throwing someone else’s medals away shortly after his shortened tour of duty in Vietnam.

      • Budd Smith

        Read ‘An Enormous Crime’. McCain and Kerry worked together to hide the fact that American POWs were still being held in Vietnam in the early 90s.

        • newscomments70

          I would expect that from Kerry. That surprises me if that’s true about McCain. Although I respect McCain’s military service, his political record is psychotic and treasonous. I guess anything is possible.

        • LeGrandDerangement

          Sydney Schanberg, the author of “The Killing Fields” wrote an extensive article about this. It’s on the Internet somewhere.

      • Massif1

        McCain and Kerry need to look out for service members, past and present, not burn them because the government is in bad shape. Yeah, lets cut the military member’s checks so that the F-35 program can still be operational. Good job, Congress.

        • newscomments70

          I agree.

  • Alexandra1973

    And the hell of it is, they’re being used as cannon fodder in these stupid unjustified wars. When they’re no longer of any use, they’re just kicked to the curb.

    So much for “Support our troops.”

  • LeGrandDerangement

    It wouldn’t have to have been someone who made a career in the service, just someone who knows what it’s like. You’re right, the examples you give are awful.

  • IstvanIN

    I said served, not just Generals and Admirals.

  • IstvanIN

    I think we can agree that there are evil people in every identifiable demographic, including veterans. Merry Christmas.