The vote to roll back a modest cut to cost-of-living adjustments to pensions for working-age military retirees shows that veteran groups still have strong  political influence in Washington, according to a Congressional Quarterly (CQ) article.

Robert L. Bixby, executive director of The Concord Coalition, said, “Veterans have a lot of clout, and politicians are not always good at sticking to their hard choices.” Concord expressed disappointment when Congress rolled back the military pension reform they approved just two months ago as part of the Ryan-Murray budget agreement.

The CQ article, “Tough to Outflank,” says veterans groups will now lobby Congress repeal the same proposed COLA adjustment for pensions of future service members.