The House will still vote on repealing the cuts to military pensions this week, even though the proposal was stripped from House Republican leadership’s plans to raise the debt limit, according to a House GOP leadership aide.
House GOP leaders plan to hold a separate vote to repeal the $6 billion military pension cuts that were included in the December 2013 budget deal, in addition to the clean debt-limit bill, according to the aide.
The vote could occur as soon as Tuesday evening due to the potential for a snowstorm on Wednesday.
Republicans had combined the debt-ceiling hike with a military pension cuts repeal in a proposal unveiled Monday night, but Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday he was abandoning that strategy because it didn’t attract enough support.
To offset the $6 billion that was saved by reducing the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for working-age military retirees, the Republican bill would extend sequestration on mandatory Medicare spending one year, to 2024.
Republicans could have been left open to criticism from Democrats had they pulled a vote on the COLA cuts altogether, as lawmakers from both parties have pressed to repeal the reductions that were part of the December budget agreement.