Legislative Tracker Archive: Military & Veterans Aid

Legislative TrackerOn this page, you'll find proposals focused on aid for servicemembers.

 

 

Reducing Barriers for Veterans Education Act
HR 456 Sponsor:
Rep. Murphy (D-FL, 18)
Co-Sponsors:
120 (42 R; 78 D)
Introduced:
9/25/2015
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.

 

VETS Act
HR 1581 Sponsor:
Rep. Gallego (D-AZ, 7)
Co-Sponsors:
27 (12 R; 15 D)
Introduced:
3/24/2015
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This measure would exclude federal discharged loans from gross income when a veteran is totally and permanently disabled or deceased.

 

Servicemember and Veteran Protection Act
S. 895 Sponsor:
Sen. Tester (D-MT)
Co-Sponsors:
0 (0 R; 0 D)
Introduced:
3/26/2015
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This measure would allow servicemembers to defer their federal student loan repayments for up to 180 days during their pre-deployment training. This bill also increases GI Bill benefits for members of the Selected Reserve and strengthens certain credit protections for deployed service members.

 

Career-Ready Student Veterans Act
HR 2360 Sponsor:
Rep. Takano (D-CA, 41)
Co-Sponsors:
7 (3 R; 4 D)
Introduced:
5/15/2015
S. 1938 Sponsor:
Sen. Blumenthal (D-CT)
Co-Sponsors:
14 (2 R; 12 D)
Introduced:
8/5/2015

NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This legislation would limit the use of GI Bill benefits to accredited educational programs that will provide the required licensure or proper training to pursue employment opportunities.
Status: 2/9/16: Passed by House of Representatives

 

Servicemember Student Loan Affordability Act
HR 2718 Sponsor:
Rep. Duckworth (D-IL, 8)
Co-Sponsors:
1 (1 R; 0 D)
Introduced:
6/10/2015
S. 1557 Sponsor:
Sen. Durbin (D-IL)
Co-Sponsors:
7 (0 R; 7 D)
Introduced:
6/11/2015
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill would allow pre-service private or federal student loan debt to be consolidated or refinanced, while retaining the 6% interest rate cap under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.

 

Andrew P. Carpenter Tax Act
HR 2874 Sponsor:
Rep. DesJarlais (R-TN, 4)
Co-Sponsors:
31 (25 R; 6 D)
Introduced:
6/24/2015
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. 

 

Military and Veterans Education Protection Act
S. 1664 Sponsor:
Sen. Corker (D-DE)
Co-Sponsors:
26 (0 R; 26 D)
Introduced:
6/24/2015
HR 3988 Sponsor:
Rep. Speier (D-CA, 14)
Co-Sponsors:
25 (1 R; 24 D)
Introduced:
11/5/2015
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This measure would count military tuition assistance and veterans education benefits as federal aid for the purpose of calculations under the 90/10 Rule for proprietary institutions.

 

Preserving Teacher Loan Forgiveness for Military Spouses Act
HR 3684 Sponsor:
Rep. Chabot (R-OH, 1)
Co-Sponsors:
31 (9 R; 22 D)
Introduced:
10/6/2015
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.

 

Veterans' STEM Education Program 
HR 3949 Sponsor:
Rep. Veasey (D-TX, 33)
Co-Sponsors:
16 (0 R; 16 D)
Introduced:
11/5/2015
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill would authorize additional Post-9/11 GI Bill education dollars for veterans pursuing study in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields. 

 

Department of Veterans Affairs Education Relief and Restoration Act
S. 2253 Sponsor:
Sen. Blumenthal (D-CT)
Co-Sponsors:
20 (2 R; 17 D; 1 I)
Introduced:
11/5/2015
HR 3991 Sponsor:
Rep. Takano (D-CA, 41)
Co-Sponsors:
45 (6 R; 39 D)
Introduced:
11/5/2015
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This piece of legislation would reinstate GI Bill benefits to veterans attending a school that closes during their enrollment. The bill also calls on the VA to restore any GI Bill entitlement used on courses that fail to transfer to another institution. It also directs the VA to continue paying the Post-9/11 GI Bill housing allowance until the end of the term during which the school closure occurred.

 

Ensuring  Quality Education for Veterans Act
HR 4054 Sponsor:
Rep. Waters (D-CA, 43)
Co-Sponsors:
2 (0 R; 2 D)
Introduced:
11/17/2015
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage:This bill would count military tuition assistance and veterans education benefits as federal aid for the purpose of calculations under the 90/10 Rule for proprietary institutions.

 

Servicemember Higher Education Protection Act
HR 4260 Sponsor:
Rep. Sinema (D-AZ, 9)
Co-Sponsors:
3 (2 R; 1 D)
Introduced:
12/15/2015
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This measure aims to address several areas of student loan repayment for active duty servicemembers and veterans. Specifically, the bill would fully discharge student loans for veterans assigned a 100% service-related disability rating, defer payments for military spouses for six months in the event of relocation, prevent interest from accruing when an active duty servicemember is serving in combat, and require certain consumer information disclosures for servicemembers, veterans, and their families.

 

GI Bill Oversight Act
HR 5175 Sponsor:
Rep. Takano (D-CA, 41)
Co-Sponsors:
0 (0 R; 0 D)
Introduced:
5/10/2016
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to disapprove programs of education determined to have used deceptive or misleading practices from being used for GI Bill benefits.

 

Veterans First Act
S. 2921 Sponsor:
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
Co-Sponsors:
45 (17 R; 28 D)
Introduced:
5/11/2016
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill would expand Post-9/11 GI Bill eligibility and require educational institutions to report annually to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on the academic progress of students for whom it receives payments under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The bill also enhances oversight of schools that receive Post-9/11 GI bill funds by including new approval processes for schools through state approval agencies and annual compliance surveys administered by the VA.
Status: 5/16/16: Passed Out of Committee 

 

Match Veterans to Student Loan Protections Act
HR 5814 Sponsor:
Rep. Costello (D-PA, 6)
Co-Sponsors:
8 (4 R; 4 D)
Introduced:
7/14/2016
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill would improve the process through which veterans are eligible for disability-related loan discharge. The bill would require the Departments of Education (ED) and Veterans Affairs to conduct a computer matching program to identify borrowers who have been assigned a disability rating of 100 percent for a service-connected disability. ED would be required to notify the identified borrowers of their eligibility for loan discharge and provide application instructions.

 

Protecting Our Veterans From School Closures Act
HR 6003 Sponsor:
Rep. Messer (R-IN, 6)
Co-Sponsors:
10 (10 R; 0 D)
Introduced:
9/13/2016
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. 

 

Supporting, Employing, and Recognizing Veterans in Communities Everywhere Act (SERVICE) Act
HR 6062 Sponsor:
Rep. Takano (D-CA, 41)
Co-Sponsors:
0 (0 R; 0 D)
Introduced:
9/15/2016
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill comprehensive veterans bill, which combines several bills into one, would address several veterans education issues. This measure would count military tuition assistance and veterans education benefits as federal aid for the purpose of calculations under the 90/10 Rule for proprietary institutions. This legislation would limit the use of GI Bill benefits to accredited educational programs that will provide the required licensure or proper training to pursue employment opportunities. This piece of legislation would reinstate GI Bill benefits to veterans attending a school that closes during their enrollment. The bill also calls on the VA to restore any GI Bill entitlement used on courses that fail to transfer to another institution. It also directs the VA to continue paying the Post-9/11 GI Bill housing allowance until the end of the term during which the school closure occurred. This bill would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to disapprove programs of education determined to have used deceptive or misleading practices from being used for GI Bill benefits. This bill would allow Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to be used for fees for an institution's application for admission.

 

Jeff Miller and Richard Blumenthal Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act
HR 6416 Sponsor:
Rep. Roe (R-TN, 1)
Co-Sponsors:
5 (5 R; 0 D)
Introduced:
12/1/2016

NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This comprehensive veterans bill would extend education benefits for surviving spouses who lost a loved one on September 11, 2001, or during the early years of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq for five years. The bill also seeks to improve how the VA administers and approves education benefits for veterans and allow mobilized reservists to keep their GI Bill eligibility when a deployment interrupts their schooling. In addition, the measure would require institutions to report academic progress of students enrolled with Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits in a manner to be determined by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. opportunities.
Status: 12/16/16: Signed into law by President Obama

 

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