Several U.S. senators have introduced new legislation to preserve funding for military commissaries, freezing the DOD’s FY 2015 budget proposal to cut funding to the government- subsided grocery stores.
The “Military Commissary Sustainment Act,” co-sponsored by Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), aims to “”prohibit the reduction in funding for the defense commissary system in fiscal year 2015 pending the report of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission.”
“Many Georgians have served with honor in our military, and those who put their lives in harm’s way in defense of this nation should not be disproportionately targeted as a result of excessive government spending,” Sen. Chambliss said in a written statement.
The commissaries offer service members up to a 50 percent discount compared to offsite markets, according to Military.com. The DOD’s five-year spending proposal cuts the commissaries’ budget from $1.4 billion to $400 million over a three year period.
“These cuts to commissaries are an unfair burden on many of our military men and women,” Sen. Warner said in a written statement. “Especially for young military families, retirees, and reservists who are trying to make their tight budgets work, these cuts represent real money–as much as $3,000 in grocery savings per year.”
The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, which is currently working on comprehensive recommendations on military pay and benefits, will release a final report in February 2015.