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Senate Budget Committee chairman Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) (R) and House Budget Committee chairman Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) hold a news conference to introduce The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, December 10, 2013. Budget negotiators in the U.S. Congress have reached an agreement on Tuesday that, if approved by the House and Senate, could restore some order to the nation Senate Budget Committee chairman Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) (R) and House Budget Committee chairman Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) hold a news conference to introduce The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, December 10, 2013. Budget negotiators in the U.S. Congress have reached an agreement on Tuesday that, if approved by the House and Senate, could restore some order to the nation's chaotic budget process and avoid another government shutdown on Jan. 15. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) - RTX16D0X  

Liberal senator to lecture Republicans on how to restore veteran benefits in full

Liberal independent Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to take the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon to oppose the House Republican bill to restore most veteran pension cuts – because he says the Republican bill doesn’t go far enough to help veterans.

The Republican bill to restore military COLA (Cost-of-Living Adjustment) cuts passed the House Tuesday 326-90 and comes to the Senate floor for discussion Wednesday afternoon.

Sanders, the uber-liberal Vermont senator, is going to use part of a planned floor speech to oppose the bill, The Daily Caller has learned. Sanders will oppose it because it only restores 2/3 of the COLA cuts put in place by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray’s recent budget agreement, and Sanders wants all the cuts restored. A provision in a veterans bill sponsored by Sanders would restore the COLA cuts in full.

The COLA cuts only saved the federal government approximately $6 billion in a budget agreement rife with spending.

Paul Ryan voted against the Republican COLA restoration bill Tuesday in the House.

Sanders’ office declined to comment.

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