May 5, 2023: AP: Post misrepresents House reimbursement change, spending cuts
CLAIM: The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives is giving itself a pay raise even as it proposes slashing federal spending for military veterans.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: Missing context. The House is enacting new regulations that were approved during last year’s Democrat-controlled session, which will allow members to expense certain costs such as rent and food while in Washington. It does not increase their base salary, though may result in members receiving more in reimbursements than they previously had. Meanwhile, federal spending cuts approved by House Republicans neither explicitly target nor exclude veterans’ benefits, which the GOP insists will be spared.
THE FACTS: A post circulating widely on social media claims House Republicans have hypocritically given themselves a pay bump even as they propose steep cuts in veteran’s aid and other critical federal spending amid the political showdown over the nation’s debt limit.
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