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Introduced in House (01/28/2009)


111th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 775

To repeal the requirement for reduction of survivor annuities under the Survivor Benefit Plan to offset the receipt of veterans dependency and indemnity compensation.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 28, 2009

Mr. Ortiz (for himself, Mr. Wilson of South Carolina, Ms. Bordallo, Mr. Edwards of Texas, Mr. Brown of South Carolina, Mr. Jones, Ms. Berkley, Mr. Holt, Ms. Corrine Brown of Florida, Mr. Moran of Virginia, Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Hinojosa, Mr. Smith of Washington, Mr. Pastor of Arizona, Mr. Honda, Mr. Reyes, Mr. Larsen of Washington, Mr. Rogers of Alabama, Mr. Boucher, Ms. Kaptur, Mr. Rohrabacher, Mr. Calvert, Mr. Gallegly, Mr. Bachus, Mr. Filner, Mr. Walz, Mr. Rodriguez, Mr. Gonzalez, Mr. Carney, Mr. Patrick J. Murphy of Pennsylvania, Mr. Taylor, Mr. Marshall, Ms. Ros-Lehtinen, Mrs. Maloney, Mr. Young of Alaska, Ms. Woolsey, Mrs. McMorris Rodgers, Mr. Bartlett, Mr. Wolf, Mr. Sestak, Mr. Smith of New Jersey, Mr. Courtney, Mr. Boozman, Mr. Connolly of Virginia, Mr. Loebsack, Mr. Boswell, Ms. Shea-Porter, Mrs. Tauscher, Mr. Wittman, Mr. Buchanan, Mr. Perriello, Mr. Cohen, Mr. Brady of Pennsylvania, Mr. Waxman, Mr. Holden, Ms. Roybal-Allard, Mr. Moore of Kansas, Mr. Berman, Mr. Hinchey, Mr. Israel, Mr. Nunes, Mr. Gohmert, Mr. Wilson of Ohio, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. Carter, Mr. Johnson of Georgia, Mr. Klein of Florida, Mr. McNerney, Mr. Nye, Mr. Kagen, Ms. Kilpatrick of Michigan, Mr. McIntyre, Mr. Miller of Florida, Mr. Langevin, Ms. Schwartz, Mrs. Blackburn, Mr. Kildee, Mr. Wu, Mr. Massa, Mr. Platts, Mr. Kingston, Ms. Norton, Mr. Scott of Virginia, Ms. Foxx, Mr. Scalise, Ms. DeLauro, Mr. Cummings, Ms. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, Mr. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania, Mr. Gene Green of Texas, Mr. Murphy of Connecticut, Mr. Rooney, Mr. Bright, Mr. Conaway, Mr. Putnam, Mr. LaTourette, Mr. Faleomavaega, Mr. Braley of Iowa, and Mr. Michaud) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services


A BILL

To repeal the requirement for reduction of survivor annuities under the Survivor Benefit Plan to offset the receipt of veterans dependency and indemnity compensation.

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”.

SEC. 2. Repeal of requirement of reduction of SBP survivor annuities by dependency and indemnity compensation.

(a) Repeal.—

(1) REPEAL.—Subchapter II of chapter 73 of title 10, United States Code, is amended as follows:

(A) In section 1450, by striking subsection (c).

(B) In section 1451(c)—

(i) by striking paragraph (2); and

(ii) by redesignating paragraphs (3) and (4) as paragraphs (2) and (3), respectively.

(2) CONFORMING AMENDMENTS.—Such subchapter is further amended as follows:

(A) In section 1450—

(i) by striking subsection (e); and

(ii) by striking subsection (k).

(B) In section 1451(g)(1), by striking subparagraph (C).

(C) In section 1452—

(i) in subsection (f)(2), by striking “does not apply—” and all that follows and inserting “does not apply in the case of a deduction made through administrative error.”; and

(ii) by striking subsection (g).

(D) In section 1455(c), by striking “, 1450(k)(2),”.

(b) Prohibition on Retroactive Benefits.—No benefits may be paid to any person for any period before the effective date provided under subsection (f) by reason of the amendments made by subsection (a).

(c) Prohibition on recoupment of certain amounts previously refunded to SBP recipients.—A surviving spouse who is or has been in receipt of an annuity under the Survivor Benefit Plan under subchapter II of chapter 73 of title 10, United States Code, that is in effect before the effective date provided under subsection (f) and that is adjusted by reason of the amendments made by subsection (a) and who has received a refund of retired pay under section 1450(e) of title 10, United States Code, shall not be required to repay such refund to the United States.

(d) Repeal of authority for optional annuity for dependent children.—Section 1448(d)(2) of such title is amended—

(1) by striking “Dependent children.—” and all that follows through “In the case of a member described in paragraph (1),” and inserting “Dependent children.—In the case of a member described in paragraph (1),”; and

(2) by striking subparagraph (B).

(e) Restoration of eligibility for previously eligible spouses.—The Secretary of the military department concerned shall restore annuity eligibility to any eligible surviving spouse who, in consultation with the Secretary, previously elected to transfer payment of such annuity to a surviving child or children under the provisions of section 1448(d)(2)(B) of title 10, United States Code, as in effect on the day before the effective date provided under subsection (f). Such eligibility shall be restored whether or not payment to such child or children subsequently was terminated due to loss of dependent status or death. For the purposes of this subsection, an eligible spouse includes a spouse who was previously eligible for payment of such annuity and is not remarried, or remarried after having attained age 55, or whose second or subsequent marriage has been terminated by death, divorce or annulment.

(f) Effective Date.—The sections and the amendments made by this section shall take effect on the later of—

(1) the first day of the first month that begins after the date of the enactment of this Act; or

(2) the first day of the fiscal year that begins in the calendar year in which this Act is enacted.