WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congressman Poe introduced the Uphold Our Promise to Veterans Act. This legislation would restore military pension benefits by requiring the federal government to freeze aid to Egypt and Pakistan and sell some of its unused and unmaintained federal land.
“In December, the House voted on a budget bill (H.J. Res. 59). Though the mainstream media has portrayed this as an ideal compromise, I voted against it for several reasons. Most alarmingly, the bill cuts one percent from the annual Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) increase from veteran and military retiree pension benefits, benefits that were promised when those individuals signed up to serve our country. This could amount to a 20 percent decrease in some military pensions over 20 years. Those who have spent their lives protecting the rest of us should be the last to sacrifice what they have earned in order to pay for even more Washington spending. Congress should instead cut the billions in aid to countries who are not our friends, like Pakistan. That is why, I introduced the “Uphold Our Promise to Veterans Act” which will restore funding for military retiree pension benefits. This bill would restore this crucial funding by using the billions in foreign aid that we give Egypt and Pakistan each year. We don’t need to pay our enemies to hate us, they’ll do it for free. This legislation would also require the federal government to systematically sell some of its unused and unmaintained land (excluding National Parks and historical sites). Currently, the federal government owns 27% of the total land in our country (equivalent to the size of Western Europe). If this unused land was sold day it could generate up to $1.1 trillion. Selling this land could also inject money back into state and local economies by creating new economic opportunities on this dormant federal land.”