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Chuck Schumer compares senators paying more under Obamacare to military retirees having benefits cut

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How's this for sacrifice? Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., believes that members of Congress have made personal fiscal sacrifices comparable to the cut in retirement benefits that military retirees are facing, because lawmakers have to pay more for health care under Obamacare.

"Shouldn't Congress also take a cut if we're saying military retirees should take a cut" under the new budget deal? MSNBC's Joe Scarborough asked Schumer.

"We have taken pretty big cuts," Schumer replied, "We haven't had a pay raise in a long time and with the health care [law] most of us are paying more, stuff like that," he explained with a straight face, referring to the health law that his Democratic colleagues passed over the objection of every Republican in Congress.

Three Republican senators denounced the deal negotiated by Senate Budget Committee chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., for "unfairly target[ing]" military benefits.

"If budgets and legislation reflect our nation's priorities, what would it say about us if we pass a bill that turns to our veterans and says 'thank you for deploying to war and enduring the hardships of military life--but we are going to need you to sacrifice again and give back $72,000 of the retirement you have earned'", Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., wrote in a letter Friday.

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