Tester’s ‘cost of living’ increase for veterans set to become law

(U.S. SENATE) – Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed his legislation to provide a 3.6 percent “cost of living” increase for veterans’ benefits in 2012. Tester’s bill, which passed the Senate on October 19, will now be sent to President Obama to be signed into law:

“Veterans’ benefits absolutely must reflect today’s economic realities. I hope the President quickly signs this important bill into law so veterans who sacrificed so much for this nation can receive the benefits they earned. This achievement represents just one more step in our fight to improve the lives of veterans across Montana and the country.”

Tester is a sponsor of the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act and Montana’s only member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.