Republicans Look for Plan to Undo Veterans' Pension Cuts

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House Republican leaders were considering a plan Monday to reverse a recently passed cut to military pensions as the price for increasing the government's borrowing cap.

House Republican aides said party leaders planned to float the idea to rank-and-file GOP lawmakers at a meeting in the Capitol on Monday evening. The aides spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to be identified by name discussing strategy.

It's not clear that the plan will fly with Democrats. Democrats' votes would be needed to help pass the measure since some Republicans refuse to vote to raise the so-called debt ceiling under any circumstances. A spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Democrats will continue to insist that any debt limit legislation be "clean" of any add-ons, even bipartisan proposals like repealing military pension cuts.

(Note: Headline corrected to say "Republicans" not "military")