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Congress clears bill ending military pension cuts

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WASHINGTON — Congress voted Wednesday to restore full cost-of-living pension increases for younger military retirees, completing a bipartisan capitulation to veterans groups that rose up against a modest cut when it was enacted less than two months ago.

The Senate voted, 95 to 3, to clear the measure, one day after the House approved it, 326 to 90. The White House said President Obama will sign it.

The overwhelming support the bill enjoyed, including backing by many prominent deficit hawks, reflected the clout that veterans groups enjoy, particularly in an election year.

‘‘Congress has acknowledged we . . . must be faithful to the promises made when they enlisted,’’ said Senator James Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma.

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