NDAA 2013

Posted: August 18, 2012 in Uncategorized
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The White House threatened to veto the House’s National Defense Appropriations Act if it is not changed. The bill is expected to be voted on by the House next week. The Obama Administration had many objections to the Committee’s legislation but they particularly objected to the fact that the appropriators proposals include a 0.5 percent pay raise for DoD civilian employees and for rejecting its proposals to increase TRICARE fees. In May the House passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act included a 1.7% pay increase for service members that was included in the Administration’s budget. However, the House did not include the Administration’s numerous proposals to increase retirees’ present TRICARE Prime fees and create many new retiree TRICARE fees (for TRICARE for Life, Standard and Extra) as well as increasing deductibles and the catastrophic cap. The Administration claims that their proposed changes would “save Defense an estimated $12.9 billion in discretionary funding and generate $4.7 billion in mandatory savings on Medicare-eligible retiree health care over the next five years.” Since the House did not accept these proposals the projected savings are not included in their pending FY2013 budget. The Senate’s Appropriations Subcommittee says that they hope to take up their version of the NDAA before the August recess. This is obviously another attempt of the Administration to pressure Congress to adopt several of their retiree TRICARE proposals. They are trying not to take NO as an answer. [TREA News for the enlisted 13 Jul 2012 ++]

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