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Military Retirement System
Witnesses testified on a provision in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that reduces the cost-of-living adjustments (COLA’s) for working age military retirees. According to the law, military retirees under the age of 62 will see a one percent reduction to the annual COLA they receive on retirement pay starting at the end of 2015. Committee Chair Carl Levin along with all the witnesses urged repealing the COLA adjustment reduction. Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine Fox along with Admiral James Winnefeld emphasized the need to address the rate of growth regarding military compensation. They both stated that any changes to military retirement benefits should be grandfathered in.1,029 views
Role of Police in Civil Disturbances
Eugene O’Donnell, a former New York City police officer, talked about the role state and local authorities play in domestic riots like those in Ferguson, Missouri. He also discussed police training, the use of weaponry and force, negotiating tactics as well as ways to improve police relations with local communities and minority populations.503 views
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