Sixty-four U.S. senators have signed a letter urging the chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to keep a repeal of the “widow’s tax” in the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act as the two sides go to conference.
The letter was authored by Sens. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine). The widow’s tax refers to a wrinkle in the law that prevents about 67,000 surviving spouses from collecting the full insurance benefits the Defense Department pays to military retiree spouses.
“As a country, we have a solemn obligation to our men and women in uniform and their families,” Jones tweeted. “It’s time that we honor that responsibility, and we can start by finally repealing the Military Widow’s Tax.”
AUSN, along with the rest of The Military Coalition, is opposed to the widow’s tax, which robs the families of the fallen of the benefits they have earned as a family in service of this nation. We are encouraged at the dramatic amount of support in the Senate, and hope to see this tax on military families finally repealed for good.
“There has never before been more bipartisan support in Congress for repealing the SBP-DIC offset. Currently, there are 75 co-sponsors of legislation to repeal the widow’s tax in the Senate and 371 co-sponsors in the House,” the senators wrote, according to a statement from Jones’ office. “We have an obligation to make sure that we are taking care of our military families who have sacrificed so much. This problem goes back decades, but this year we can finally solve it once and for all. It is our time to do our duty not only to support the brave men and women of our military, but also to support their families.”