Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act

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By: Janet Snyder
On January 3, Jacky Rosen was sworn into office as a United States Senator representing the state of Nevada.  On February 20, she held a press conference at the Las Vegas Readiness Center to answer questions from local media.  Su Phelps asked her about the SBP-DIC bill, currently H.R. 553, which she co-sponsored in the 115th Congress for the military surviving spouses of the state; if now that she was a senator was she planning to help push this bill through the 116th Congress.
U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen said that some of these bills, which made it through the House, didn’t make it through the Senate.  When this bill is reintroduced in the Senate, then she will have the opportunity to sign on as a co-sponsor of the bill. She explained it is part of the teamwork in Congress on all of these important issues.
Following is information on this bill currently in the House, which affects thousands of military surviving spouses in the state of Nevada:

116TH CONGRESS 1ST SESSION H. R. 553 
To amend title 10, United States Code, to repeal the requirement for reduction of survivor annuities under the Survivor Benefit Plan for military surviving spouses to offset the receipt of veterans dependency and indemnity compensation, and for other purposes. 
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES JANUARY 15, 2019 Mr. WILSON of South Carolina (for himself and Mr. YARMUTH) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services 
A BILL To amend title 10, United States Code, to repeal the requirement for reduction of survivor annuities under the Survivor Benefit Plan for military surviving spouses to offset the receipt of veterans dependency and indemnity compensation, and for other purposes. 
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act’’.