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Sunday, May 14, 2006


This afternoon, Rep. John Salazar (D-CO) offered a motion to recommit H.R. 5112, FY 2007 DOD Authorization, with instructions to report the bill back to the House with inclusion of the provisions of H.R. 808, the bill to end the Military Families Tax.

Military Families Tax Penalizes Survivors of Those Who Have Died from Service-Connected Injuries. The Military Families Tax penalizes more than 50,000 survivors in military families, most of whom are widows. These widows lose their military survivor benefits under the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) if they receive VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) benefits because their spouse has died of a service-connected injury. Specifically, the spouse's SBP benefit is reduced dollar by dollar by the amount of the DIC benefit---a $993 deduction per month. This harms the 53,000 survivors who continue tp pay this unfair tax.

Democrats are fighting to End the Military Families Tax. This is anunfair and unjust provision that hurts the families of those who have served our nation in defense of our freedom and our democracy. That is why Democrats have fought for a provision to end this tax in our Salute to Veterans and the Armed Forces in 2003 (H.R. 2569; 108th Congress) and in our GI Bill of Rights for the 21st Century (H.R. 2131: 109th Congress). In May 2005, Democrats in the House, led by Rep. John Salazar, attempted to offer this proposal as an amendment to the FY 2006 Defense Authorization Bill. However, Republicans unanimously, voted to block him from offering this amendment.

Democrats Fight To Get House Republicans to Accept these Provisions Passed Overwhelmingly by the Senate. On November 8, 2005, the Senate passed this proposal, in the form of an amendment by Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) to the Defense Authorization Bill, by a vote of 93 to 5. Due to GOP opposition, the provision was dropped in conference. Now, the House Republican Leadership (*J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) continues to block this proposal. In November 2005, Rep. Chet Edwards (D-TX) began a discharge petition on H.R. 808, the bill to end the Military Families Tax bill. So far, 168 Members have signed the discharge petition. If a majority of Members sign the discharge petition, the bill will be brought to the Floor. Together, America can do better than an unfair tax on survivors in military families, most of whom are widows, who have lost their loved one through service-connected injuries.

Source: Office of Nancy Pelosi
House Democratic Leader
May 11, 2006


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