Conover running for Congress as staunch conservative
February 19, 2014 3:24 PM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

HESPERIA • Calling it nothing personal, 8th Congressional District candidate Rodney Lee Conover this week criticized incumbent U.S. Rep. Paul Cook for voting on a budget late last year that cut pensions for younger retired military personnel.

Cook, R-Apple Valley, responded Tuesday by saying that while he ultimately voted for an imperfect bill that cut spending and didn’t raise taxes, he immediately went to work to fix the costof-living adjustment reduction for military retirees 62 and younger.

Cook was among those who voted last week to restore pensions for that group. The next day the measure cleared the Senate and President Barack Obama signed it Saturday.

In a budget agreement reached in December by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., annual cost of living increases for veterans aged 62 and younger would have been held to one percentage point below the rate of inflation. The change would have begun in 2015.

“Why are we balancing some mythical budget on the backs of veterans?” Conover said Monday. “Why do we have to scream to the hills to get it restored?”

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