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Akin: Seven Years of Pay Raises While Voting Against Funding Veterans

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Akin voted to raise his own pay in Congress — seven years in a row.

Worse? Akin voted against funding for veterans in those same years.

He voted to cut veterans benefits by 35 billion dollars – four different times.

The same Todd Akin who voted to increase his own pay seven times – but voted against the benefits we promised to our veterans.

He must not be from around here.

Akin Voted Four Times To Cut Veterans Programs By $35 Billion.

2006: Akin Vote to Allow $507 Million to Be Stripped from Veterans Programs. In May 2006, Akin voted in favor of the rule governing debate of the Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill. The rule left $507 million worth of projects unprotected from points of order. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a member of the ultra-conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC), lodged points of order against $507 million worth of projects in the bill, thus stripping them out of the legislation. The points of order were only allowed because the rule governing debate of the bill put forward by the GOP leadership did not protect the funds from points of order. The rule passed 216-187. [CQ Today, 5/19/06; Vote 174, 5/19/06]

2006: Akin Supported Budget That Cut $6 Billion from Veterans Programs and Increased Fees. In May 2006, Akin voted in favor of a $2.8 trillion budget that cut key programs like education, health and veterans programs. The budget cut veterans’ healthcare beyond 2007. Despite an initial boost in veterans’ health spending, the Republican budget resolution actually cut funding for veterans’ appropriated programs by $6 billion below the level that CBO estimates is needed to maintain current services. Additionally, the Republican budget resolution included significant increases in TRICARE costs for military retirees under 65. In fact, healthcare fees will triple for retired officers, double for retired senior enlisted personnel, and increase by 40 percent for junior enlisted retirees. The budget passed 218-210. [House Budget Committee, Minority Staff Analysis of the FY 07 Budget; Vote 158, 5/18/06]

2005: Akin Supported Budget That Cut Veterans Programs by $13.5 Billion. In April 2005, Akin voted in favor of final passage of the $2.6 trillion budget conference report for 2006. The conference report cut funding for veterans’ health care by $13.5 billion over five years. The budget passed 214-211. [House Budget Committee Democratic Caucus, “Summary and Analysis of FY 2006 Budget Resolution Conference Report,” 4/28/05; Vote 149, 4/28/05]

2003: Akin Supported Budget That Cut $15 Billion from Veterans Programs and Increased Fees. In March 2003, Akin voted for a budget that called for cutting $15 billion from veterans’ benefits, including veterans’ pensions, compensation, education and other benefits, over 10 years. The Disabled Veterans of America strongly opposed the budget, sending a letter to all members of Congress “to communicate our deep-seated outrage regarding the fiscal year 2004 budget adopted by the House Budget Committee, which would cut veterans programs by more than $15 billion during the next 10 years.” The GOP budget also included the President’s proposal to impose a $250 fee for enrollment in VA health care for category 7 and 8 veterans, along with a doubling of the drug co-payment for those veterans. The budget passed 215-212. [Letter from Edward R. Heath, National Commander, Disabled Veterans of America, 3/17/03; Vote 82, 3/21/03]

Akin Supported Pay Raises Seven Times. Akin has voted against efforts to block the annual cost-of-living increases that Members of Congress receive seven times since 2001.

Akin Supported Congressional Pay Raise in 2007. In 2007, Akin voted in favor of a measure to kill an amendment that would block an automatic pay hike for members of Congress. By voting in favor of the effort to the kill the amendment, Akin voted for a 2.5 percent salary increase ($4,400) for an annual salary of $169,600. The motion to kill the amendment passed 244-181. [Washington Post, 6/28/07, HR 517, Vote #580, 6/27/07]

Akin Supported Congressional Pay Raise in 2006. Akin voted to kill an amendment that would block an automatic pay hike for members of Congress. By killing the attempt to block the pay raise, Akin voted to receive a 2 percent increase and an annual salary of $165,200. The effort to block the anti-pay raise amendment passed 249-167. [H RES 865, Vote #261, 6/13/06] NOTE: This pay raise was later blocked by the Democratic Congress in 2007.

Akin Supported Congressional Pay Raise in 2005. Akin voted in favor of a measure intended to prevent the introduction of an amendment blocking an increase in the annual salary for House members by $3,100 to $165,000. The House blocked a bid by Congressman Jim Matheson (D-UT) to force an up-or-down vote on the pay raise. The effort to block the anti-pay raise amendment passed 263-152. [HR 342, Vote #327, 6/28/05]

Akin Supported Congressional Pay Raise in 2004. Akin voted in favor of a motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on adoption of the rule to provide for House floor consideration of the bill that would appropriate $89.8 billion in fiscal 2005 for the departments of Treasury and Transportation and related agencies. If the motion had been defeated, an amendment to block the Congressional pay raise would have been allowed. The motion passed 235-170. [H Res 770, Vote #451, 9/14/04]

Akin Supported Congressional Pay Raise in 2003. Akin voted in favor of a motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on adoption of the rule to provide for House floor consideration of the bill that would appropriate $89.6 billion in fiscal 2004 spending, including $27.5 billion in discretionary spending, for the departments of Treasury and Transportation and related agencies. If the motion had been defeated, an amendment to block the Congressional pay raise would have been allowed. The motion passed 240-173. [H. Res. 351, Vote #463, 9/4/03]

Akin Supported Congressional Pay Raise in 2002. Akin voted in favor of a motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on adoption of the rule to provide for House floor consideration of the bill that would appropriate $35.1 billion in fiscal 2003 Treasury-Postal appropriations. If the motion had been defeated, an amendment to block the Congressional pay raise would have been allowed. The motion passed 258-156. [H. Res. 488, Vote #322, 7/18/02]

Akin Supported Congressional Pay Raise in 2001. Akin voted in favor of a motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on adoption of the rule to provide for House floor consideration of the bill that would appropriate $32.7 billion in fiscal 2002 for the Treasury Department, U.S. Postal Service, various offices of the Executive Office of the President and certain independent agencies. If the motion had been defeated, an amendment to block the Congressional pay raise would have been allowed. The motion passed 293-129. [H Res. 206, Vote #267, 7/25/01]