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11.12.2010

GI Bill Fixes Cost Too Much?

Changes to the GI Bill might get stalled in the new Congress due to costs.  The Congressional Budget Office came out with estimates for S 3447 of $236 million in the first year and $2.3 billion over the first decade. 

My gut reaction is - OK - doesn't that really pale in comparison to laying your life on the line for your country?

However, we supposedly have "Pay as you Go" now in Congress.  If they create a new entitlement for $2.3 billion, they have to find $2.3 billion in cuts or new taxes somewhere else.  With the Tea Party demanding deficit reduction and all citizens demanding accountability, it will be very difficult to get this passed.

They did ignore Pay as you Go for the Post 9/11 GI Bill - so it can be done.  But that was then, this is now. 

Best thing to do is write your Congressman and Senators to urge them to pass S3447 and the House Version HR 5933!!  Post 9/11 GI Bill was a great start and these new bills will go a long way towards helping all Veterans achieve their education goals.

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