The proposal for a new G.I. Bill has attracted considerable attention in the past year and has 32 Senate co-sponsors.In an election like we have lining up, expect this to pass. If the Dems want to both inoculate themselves from "don't support the troops" attacks and make more friends in the military, well, this won't hurt. With the Bush Administration opposed, this is a huge give to Obama or Clinton; all they need to do is pick it up. For that matter McCain should be all over this. Hint. Hint.
But the bill, S22 in the Senate and HR2702 in the House, has been stalled by the Bush administration and the Pentagon, which cite cost concerns and worry that a new educational benefit would encourage sorely needed troops to end their service and enroll in school.
The legislation would pay tuition and fees, plus a monthly stipend of $1,000, for those who have served on active duty for at least two years since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Reservists, who Webb said will be added to the legislation in the next few weeks, would qualify for the benefit based on their time on active duty.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Maybe I will go back to school full time and move from Imperial to Local concerns.