9 Republicans Voted For Budget Deal That Cuts Military Retirement


Right before we left for my son’s 4th grade “holiday” concert (which refreshingly had a distinct Christmas theme, but don’t tell anyone) I saw the news that the Ryan-Murray budget deal passed in the Senate. The Democrats had help from 9 Republicans. Via Fire Andrea Mitchell, here’s the list:

Susan Collins (Maine)
John McCain (Arizona)
Orrin Hatch (Utah)
Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)
Saxby Chambliss (Georgia)
Johnny Isakson (Georgia)
Rob Portman (Ohio)
Ron Johnson (Wisconsin)
John Hoeven (North Dakota)

I get why the Republicans didn’t want the spectacle of another government shut down. But they should have been united on sparing military veterans from cuts, especially when the Democrats refused to get rid of loopholes allowing illegal immigrants to collect welfare. Fighting to honor the promises made to the men and women who put their lives on the line for us is hardly a losing issue.