House Reaches Bipartisan Deal to Expand GI Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives reached a bipartisan deal this week to modernize the GI Bill, expanding financial contributions and flexibility for veterans to pursue higher education opportunities, The Associated Press reported.

The deal, announced today, aims to fill coverage gaps in the post-9/11 GI Bill amid a rapidly changing job market, removing a 15-year time limit to tap into benefits and boosting money for thousands in the National Guard and Reserve. The legislation would give veterans added flexibility to enroll in college later in life.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) praised the bill as a major effort to modernize the GI Bill, better positioning veterans for jobs after their service in a technologically sophisticated U.S. military.

"It's really about training the workforce in a post-9/11 GI Bill world," he told The Associated Press. "Veterans are being locked out of a whole new economy."

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe, the bill's lead sponsor, said he would schedule a committee vote next week. Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia, chairman of the chamber's Veterans' Affairs Committee, said he would introduce a companion bill, while Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, the panel's senior Democrat, said he was "encouraged" by the bipartisan plan.


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