House Armed Services Committee Chair Ike Skelton accused Republican supporters of "playing politics" with an amendment for additional military benefits without offering a way to pay for them.
"In our committee, we do not play games," Skelton said. "We do not accept legislation that we cannot pay for ourselves, and we don’t try and gain political points by raising the hopes of the men and women who sacrificed so much for our country."
Skelton's committee blocked GOP efforts to provide a big boost in retiree and survivor benefits because there was no way of covering the costs over the next 10 years, according to the NavyTimes.
"The authors of this amendment know these rules and choose to ignore them, hoping no one would notice their lack of sincerity at truly solving the problem . . .If you have a way to pay for it, tell us," he said, acknowledging that it is a difficult issue.