30 May '14, 2pm

REAL #VAScandal: GOP Openly Admitted Wanting To Cut Veterans Benefits http…

A key Republican subcommittee chairman is ready to accept pay and benefits cuts for future service members, but he won’t support base closing or significant force structure cuts. Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va., who oversees about 40 percent of the defense budget in his role as chairman of the House Armed Services subcommittee on readiness, said he’s convinced after talking with defense and service leaders that compensation-related military personnel costs need to be reduced to protect other programs. In an interview taped for the C-SPAN Newsmakers program, which is televised on Sunday, Wittman wouldn’t support base closing, although defense officials have pleaded with Congress to allow them to reduce a base infrastructure that is 20 percent in excess of requirements. “I have never said it is an ‘absolutely no’ to BRAC any time in the future,” Wittman said, referring to the base c...

Full article: http://www.armytimes.com/article/20130914/NEWS05/309140006/

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