Congress’ Ten Burning Issues

The following post was provided by the Military Officer’s Association of America:

Ten Burning Issues

As August comes to an end and Labor Day quickly approaches, Congress will return to several burning issues that are more than entrees on the Labor Day picnic menu. Several will probably cause a great deal of indigestion.

Here are MOAA’s top ten issues:

10. Defense Appropriations Bill: Will Congress pass a budget by October 1? (don’t hold your breath)

9. Government Shutdown: Will Congress avert a government shutdown by providing an interim Continuing Resolution by October 1?

8. Debt Ceiling: Will Congress agree to increase the debt ceiling late this year?

7. Grand Bargain: Will Congress come up with a bi-partisan plan to control our Nation’s spending and eat away at its $16.9 trillion dollar debt?

6. Chained CPI: Will Congress’ Grand Bargain include the use of a Chained CPI that deflates the annual cost-of-living adjustment for social security, federal

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and military retired pay, and veteran disability compensation?

5. SBP/DIC offset and Concurrent Receipt: Will Congress make any progress this year on these two remaining inequities for survivors and disabled

4. Washington Nationals vs. Washington Redskins: will one, both, or neither make the playoffs this season? (All right, not really a top ten for New York or Philly fans)

3. “Doc” Fix: Will Congress avert the 24.4%
Medicare/TRICARE reimbursement cut
scheduled to take effect on Jan 1, 2014?

2. Defense Authorization Bill: Will it include the 1.8% pay raise for
the troops
and avoid more TRICARE fee hikes?

1. Sequestration: Will Congress turn off the disproportional
and harmful sequestration
that has handcuffed the Pentagon’s budget and our nation’s readiness?

All of these (except number 4) will require a bipartisan, collaborative Congress…hopefully the August recess has put them in that mood.

To learn more about these issues, visit the MOAA website.

Let your elected officials know how you feel about these issues!

About the Author

Terry Howell
Before becoming the Managing Editor for, Terry served 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard as an Aviation Electrician’s Mate and aircrewman. In his final role in the Coast Guard, Terry served as a Career Development Advisor, where he provided career, finance, education, and benefits counseling to servicemembers and their families. Since retiring from the Coast Guard, Terry has authored the book, The Military Advantage, managed the content for TurboTap, the DoD's online transition program and VAforVets, the VA's transition assistance website. Terry earned both his Bachelor's and MBA at Corban University using Military Tuition Assistance and his GI Bill benefits to help cover the cost.
  • Bob Bousquet

    Let’s hope that these elected servants “get hot” & successfully resolve these burning issues; & “knock-off” their kicking these important issues down the road. Every vet should well remember what their Congressmen & women do, when voting time comes around….

  • moondawg

    Unlikely any will be solved in a satisfactory and sensible manner.

  • Idmtmedic

    Liberty Amendments is the answer. No party is looking out for our liberties. If we want change I believe it’s time to usurp the priveledged ruling parties. Perhaps TH, you may be able to clear up a rumor about an executive order by POTUS that states no ACTION should be followed to enforce the law about deporting illegal aliens that are primary custodians of minor children? I hear that right? In the midst of a strike on Syria? You might want to add both to your top ten as well as the phony scandals ;). Add the Dolphins to your list as well, and NO they won’t make the playoffs…………however some of the UNDEAFEATED Dolphins visited the WH.

  • Fred

    “Con”gress is the opposite of “Pro”gress with both parties trying to look better that the other rather than fixing the nation’s problems. If we as employees at our companies produced as little as these guys and gals we surely would be fired. The Tea Party is also now the third party which doesn’t accomplish a thing. The next election we should clean both houses of congress and put the simple man/woman in office who knows what it is like to work payday to payday. I can only pray that the good lord will continue to watch over our lands since someone needs to do it.


    IT’s sad that Congress as a whole is “Out of Touch” with the American Peoples of today. They are “Rich” and have lots of money, and don’t
    give a d*#@ about the peoples of American it a d#@* shame, the way
    they. They live on the rich side of Town and don’t know what happing
    on the other side of town “And that is really “A Sad Day” for the American
    peoples. I wish that they would roll up sleve and come to the other side
    of town and just maybe they would pass a bill of two….please read this to
    Tea Party.

  • Steven C Newman

    I would like to know why healthcare on military post is not licensed. Why congressmen have turn their head on equal citizenship for military families. Why are we unworthy of safe licensed healthcare. Are we different and why! I treated a 3 y/o child in the medical field on a military post with machines that could kill her. She deserved me to be tested safe and licensed. Not allowing military to test to see if they are safe and licensing them causes veterans no transition into the civilian work force. Years of doing the same job in the military as a civilian and blocked by congress. What disrespect we don’t even have the right to be equal, safe, or have a job. I guess we are lower class citizens. Please contact your congressman and as why are our right and safety is less. Is that 3 y/o child not worthy of equality. They apparently have not read there signs we support our troops. How can you support you troops when you have a lower 2nd standard healthcare system, discriminate against military families, allow misleading statements and lies, break states laws that require a license. The solution- Allow military to take a test and be license and then there can be equal citizenship, safe healthcare and the 1/3 veterans who are homeless can have a job and not be homeless.

    • Idmtmedic


  • Congress is worse than prostitutes. At least with a prostitute you know your getting screwed for money and liking it.