The House unanimously passed
legislation to reform and expand benefits for the GI Bill on Monday in a
405-0 vote. The bill eliminates a time limit on use of benefits and expands the program to Purple Heart recipients, reservists, and surviving dependents. The bill will next be considered by the Senate. On the same day, House Democrats defeated two separate bills related to defense matters. A Veterans’ Affairs bill, which would have shifted $2 billion into a Choice program allowing veterans to make use of private medical care, failed on a vote of
186-219, while an intelligence policy bill was voted down
163-241. Both bills were brought to the House floor without allowance for amendments. The VA bill was opposed by veterans’ groups because it would cut funding from other VA programs to cover the Choice shortfall. “The fact that Republican leadership is requiring offsets for direct patient care for veterans is troubling,” said Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.), who led opposition to the bill, according to the
Washington Post. Democrats opposed the intelligence bill on strictly procedural grounds. House minority leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that members must have the opportunity to offer amendments that would improve the legislation. To rush the bill through is “unacceptable when critical intelligence decisions are being made that impact America’s national security,” she said in a letter to Democrats, the Associated Press
— Wilson Brissett
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