Republican candidate for United States Senate, Shane Osborn, objects to the $1.1 trillion budget bill signed into law by President Barack Obama.
Osborn says the bill cuts too little and, where it does cut, doesn’t make sense, with a cut to the pensions of working-age military retirees.
“So, that’s where our Congress is going to go first, to try to make some cuts is the pensions of veterans?” Osborn tells Nebraska Radio Network. “Not bring any more efficiencies to government, all these wasteful programs, and I have a real problem with it.”
Osborn accuses Congress of breaking a promise to veterans.
“Veterans are willing to sacrifice, but I wouldn’t want to single out the veterans to make all the sacrifices that they did in this budget.”
The appropriations bill initially included a cut to the pensions of disabled veterans as well. That cut was restored.
Osborn contends there is plenty of waste in federal government agencies that could and should be trimmed.
Osborn says Congress must face the problem with the growing federal debt, which has topped $17 trillion.
“To keep kicking the can down the road, placing all this burden on our children is not the way to go,” according to Osborn. “We need to make the tough decisions now and get this country back on track, start to get the government out of the way so the economy can grow. That will help us get more fiscally sound and this doesn’t do any of that.”