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H.R.32: Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about armed forces and national security
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Sponsor Joe Wilson, R-S.C.
Total Cosponsors 237 (131 Democrats, 106 Republicans)
Introduced Jan. 3, 2013
Latest Major Action Jan. 31, 2013
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Bill Summary

Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act - Repeals certain provisions which require the offset of amounts paid in dependency and indemnity compensation from Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuities for the surviving spouses of former military personnel who are entitled to military retired pay or who would be entitled to retired pay except for being under 60 years of age.

Prohibits requiring repayment of certain amounts previously paid to SBP recipients in the form of a retired pay refund.

Repeals the optional authority of (and instead requires) the Secretary of the military department concerned to pay an annuity to a member's dependent children when there is no eligible surviving spouse.

Directs the Secretary concerned to restore annuity eligibility to a surviving spouse who earlier agreed to transfer such eligibility to a surviving child or children of a member.

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Jan. 31, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.
Jan. 3, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.