Congress forces military to keep tuition assistance program
Great news for Fort Hood troops and veterans that get assistance from the Department of Defense Tuition Assistance program. Congress passed a bill on Thursday forcing military officials to reinstate tuition assistance funding for the rest of the fiscal year after troops and veterans protested the end of the education benefit.
On Wednesday, the Senate included the tuition assistance rules as part of their plan to fund federal programs through September. On Thursday, the House agreed with the proposal, and the president is expected to sign it into law in coming days.
Service officials had blamed sequestration for the sudden funding change with $85 billion in mandatory agency spending cuts this year, half coming from the military. From Stars and Stripes:
“We cannot balance our budget on the backs of service members,” said Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., an amendment sponsor. “The brave men and women who serve in uniform have never given up on our country, and today the Senate signaled that we won’t give up on them.”
I'm glad to see that our Fort Hood troops and veterans will be able to continue their education with the reinstatement of the tuition assistance.
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