Thursday, March 6, 2008

New GI Bill on Capitol Hill?

Senators Webb, Hagel, Lautenberg and Warner Introduce Improved Version of S.22

"....A bipartisan coalition of Senators including Jim Webb (D-VA), Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) reintroduced the bill. They also announced Senator John Warner (R-VA) as one of four lead co-sponsors of the legislation. Senator Warner is a World War II and Korean War veteran and beneficiary of the original GI bill. He joins 32 other Senators in support of S.22.

The House companion bill (H.R. 2702) was introduced by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) and currently has 96 cosponsors.

"Our country's newest generation of veterans deserves a World War II-style GI Bill, and today's reintroduction of S.22 is a major step toward achieving that," said Paul Rieckhoff, Executive Director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). "IAVA is grateful to Senators Webb, Hagel, Lautenberg and Warner, themselves combat veterans and GI Bill beneficiaries, for their leadership on this critical issue. We've seen great momentum behind a new GI Bill, and we urge Congress to act quickly to pass this crucial legislation this year.",com_/Itemid,67/option,content/task,view/id,2698/