Legislative Tracker: Military & Veterans Aid

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For military and veteran's aid proposals from the previous session of Congress, visit the Legislative Tracker Archive: Military & Veterans Aid

 Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act
HR 3218 Sponsor:
Rep. Roe (R-TN)
Co-Sponsors:
121 (36 R; 85 D)
Introduced:
7/13/2017
S. 1598 Sponsor:
Sen. Isakson (R-GA)
Co-Sponsors:
63 (26 R; 37 D)
Introduced:
7/20/2017
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This measure makes a number of changes to enhance veterans educational benefits, the most significant of which is to provide lifetime access to benefits, instead of the current expiration of benefits after 15 years for individuals who first become entitled to them on or after Jan. 1, 2013. 
Status: 8/16/2017: Signed into Law by President Trump
 
Preserving Teacher Loan Forgiveness for Military Spouses Act
HR 2919 Sponsor:
Rep. Chabot (R-OH)
Co-Sponsors:
11 (4 R; 7 D)
Introduced:
6/15/2017
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This measure would allow teacher loan forgiveness for teachers whose period of consecutive employment is interrupted because of military orders requiring their spouse to relocate to a new residence.
       
Ensuring Quality Education for Veterans Act
HR 2744 Sponsor:
Rep. Waters (D-CA)
Co-Sponsors:
0 (0 R; 0 D)
Introduced:
5/25/2017
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: The bill would include veterans’ education benefits under the 90-10 rule for proprietary institutions. The bill would also prevent a proprietary institution from receiving Department of Defense (DOD) tuition assistance (TA) funds or veterans' education benefits if deemed ineligible for the Title IV programs by the Department of Education. 
       
Guard and Reservists Education Improvement Act
HR 2257 Sponsor:
Rep. Wenstrup (R-OH)
Co-Sponsors:
0 (0 R; 0 D)
Introduced:
4/28/2017
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill would expand the eligibility for Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits for servicemembers who serve at least 90 days but less than 6 months of active duty would increase from 40% to 50% benefit payable. It would also increase the amount of eligibility for individuals who serve at least 6 months but less than 12 months from 50% to 60% benefit payable.
       
Veterans Education Priority Enrollment Act
HR 1793 Sponsor:
Rep. Ryan (D-OH)
Co-Sponsors:
7 (1 R; 6 D)
Introduced:
3/29/2017
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill would require institutions to include recipients of military and veterans education benefits in any priority enrollment process that allows certain students (e.g. student-athletes, honors students) to enroll in courses early.
       
Educational Development for Troops and Veterans Act 
S. 473 Sponsor:
Sen. Tester (D-MT)
Co-Sponsors:
11 (0 R; 11 D)
Introduced:
2/28/2017
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This piece of legislation would allow service members to defer federal student loan payments prior to deployment, not to exceed 180 days. In addition, this bill standardizes Post-9/11 GI Bill eligibility for National Guard and Reserve members and creates a grant program for institutions to support veteran student centers on campus. 
       
Protecting Our Veterans From School Closures Act
HR 1216 Sponsor:
Rep. Messer (R-IN)
Co-Sponsors:
12 (12 R; 0 D)
Introduced:
2/24/2017
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill would reinstate Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to veterans attending a school that temporarily or permanently closes during their enrollment. 
       
Reducing Barriers for Veterans Education Act
HR 1206 Sponsor:
Rep. Messer (R-IN)
Co-Sponsors:
63 (37 R; 26 D)
Introduced:
2/21/2017
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill would allow Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to be used for fees for an institution's application for admission.
       
Andrew P. Carpenter Tax Act
HR 500 Sponsor:
Rep. DesJarlais (R-TN)
Co-Sponsors:
16 (14 R; 2 D)
Introduced:
1/12/2017
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This measure, also known as the “Tax Relief for our Nation’s Heroes Act,” would exclude student loan discharge for a deceased or disabled veteran from the calculation of gross income. 

 

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Publication Date: 10/18/2017


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