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Patty Murray
Lawmakers take another look at military retiree cut

Facing a backlash from veterans, lawmakers in both parties — including several in Maryland — are reconsidering a cut to military retiree pensions that they approved last month as part of a rare bipartisan budget agreement. Several proposals have been introduced to tweak or roll back the $6 billion cut to annual cost-of-living adjustments — or COLAs — for working-age military retirees. The issue is gaining prominence as lawmakers prepare to return to Washington this week. The two-year budget agreement "was necessary to avert another government shutdown but we hope the [retiree] issue is revisited in the coming weeks," said Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, a...