Congressman Doug Lamborn has signed on as a cosponsor to two important pieces of legislation designed to help our veterans.
H.R. 3456, To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the enrollment of veterans in certain courses of education, and for other purposes.
The bill notes that the experience for veterans as they look to obtain a college degree is unique because they often face the challenge of balancing deployments, families, and full-time jobs. HR 3456 aims to give veterans flexibility in enrolling in college courses in order to allow them to get the most of their VA/DoD education benefits. It would require colleges and universities that have an existing priority/early course enrollment system (typically granted to student athletes and honor students), and receive tuition payments from the Department of Defense (DoD) or the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), to grant the same priority to student veterans, service members and their dependents using VA education benefits. H.R. 4217, To prohibit a reduction in funding for the defense commissary system in fiscal year 2015 pending the report of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission. The President’s budget proposes a $1B cut to the annual commissary subsidy over the next three years (from $1.4B annually now to $400M by 2017). Although the Pentagon has stated that “these recommendations do not cut anyone’s pay,” the drastic reduction in commissary funding is undeniably a de facto pay cut. If passed, H.R. 4217 would prohibit the reduction of funding for commissaries until the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission has looked at the entirety of military compensation and presents its findings to Congress.
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