A group of 32 military and veterans organizations is pressing House and Senate members to pass legislation they've spent years lobbying for -- eliminating what is colloquially called the "widow's tax."
The Military Coalition, as it's called, also backs measures under consideration in Congress that would slow Defense Department efforts to cut nearly 18,000 uniformed medical billets and combine the commissary and exchange systems.
In a letter sent Sept. 12 to the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, members of the coalition, which represents more than 5.5 million service members, veterans and family members, praised passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019. The bill raised defense spending caps and extended the debt ceiling through July 2021, thereby averting drastic budget cuts to the Department of Defense.
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