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House passes automatic COLA for veterans benefits

WASHINGTON — The House on Tuesday approved a bill that would automatically adjust cost-of-living increases for veterans benefits.

The measure by Reps. Dina Titus, D-Nev., and Jon Runyan, R-N.J., was passed by voice vote. It would adjust Veterans Administration benefits each year much in the way that Social Security benefits are adjusted for inflation.

Under current law Congress must approve cost-of-living changes each year. The change would prevent veterans from falling victim to “the occasional logjam here on Capitol Hill,” Titus said.

“By permanently adjusting benefits to include cost-of-living increases, we are providing critical peace of mind to those who have bravely served this country,” Titus said. 

Contact Stephens Washington Bureau Chief Steve Tetreault at stetreault@stephensmedia.com or 202-783-1760. Follow him on Twitter @STetreaultDC.

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