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Federal retiree and veteran groups rally against chained CPI

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, the Military Officers Association of America, the American Foreign Service Association and others rally against any potential or real proposals to change how the government calculates cost of living adjustments.

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The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association received enough coupons from members across the country to fill more than 40 shoe boxes in reaction to the suggestion by some members of Congress that moving to the chained CPI would mean seniors and retirees would just have clip a few more coupons to make up the difference.
Retired federal employees protest against the idea of moving the calculation of future cost of living adjustments using the chained CPI formula.
Elaine Hughes, NARFE's national secretary, led a rally Wednesday on Capitol Hill laying why the chained CPI approach hurts retired federal employees, veterans and many others.
Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-Ill.) said the White House is aware of the concerns around using the chained CPI formula.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said another option to ensure Social Security's future is not to use the chained CPI, but to raise the cap on the amount any one person pays in taxes to the fund.
Phil Odom, a retired Air Force colonel and the deputy director for government relations for the Military Officers Association of America, told the crowd the chained CPI "is an insidious radical change" that will hurt disabled veterans three times as great as others.
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