After Senate Democrats thwarted his effort to prevent military retirement budget cuts at the expense of a welfare loophole, Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions is now calling on Senate and House appropriators to include the spirit of his amendment in their omnibus spending package.

In a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers obtained by The Daily Caller, the Alabama lawmaker laid out his argument for eliminating the cuts to military pensions included in the House and Senate passed two-year budget deal and off set them by preventing unauthorized people from claiming Additional Child Tax Credit payments.

“In the Senate I proposed a replacement, procedurally blocked by the Senate Majority, which I believe could attract bipartisan support,” Sessions wrote Friday. “This replacement would restore the $6 billion [over ten years] to military pensions by instituting a reform proposed by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.”

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