Budget Compromise Passed by House becomes Campaign Issue for Local Candidates

The controversial budget compromise passed by the House last week is already a campaign issue for many incumbents.

13th District Congressman Mac Thornberry voted in favor, while his adjoining district Congressman Randy Neugebauer voted against it.

Thornberry says he voted for it because it maintains sequester savings and then saves some more, and spares the military deeper cuts.

But the compromise's effect on the military retirees is exaclty why Thornberry's three opponents do not like it.

Republican candidate Elaine Hays of Amarillo says the bill reduces annual cost of living adjustments for military retirees and that cuts should come from the EPA, IRS, or benefits of elected officials.

Fellow Republican Pam Barlow of Bowie says that is also the worst part of the compromise--cuts in retirement pay they were promised, while other federal retirees including congress, will see no cuts. She says she would have voted against the bill.

Democratic candidate Mike Minter of Wichita Falls says the proposed cut in military retirement hurts not only the retirees and their families, but the local economy.

Minter says Thornberry has again put Washington politics ahead of the the people of his district.

Hays and Barlow agree congress has simply been pushing the deficit spending problems down to future generations.

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