Fully-funded GI Bill passed by House
The House of Represent-atives passed an amendment Thursday that would permanently expand GI Bill educational benefits to post-9/11 veterans.
U.S. Rep. John Tanner and other members of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Democrats insisted that the House find dedicated funding for the expansion so that funding would not be threatened in future years. At their insistence, the House applied “pay as you go” rules to the amendment.
“When people say they are not going to pay for it, what they’re really saying is that China will provide the resources to our veterans,” Tanner said on the House floor of those who did not want to offset the cost of the educational benefits expansion.
“China is going to finance this war, because that’s what’s been going on. They have borrowed more money from foreign sources since George W. Bush took office than all 42 presidents of the United States before him put together, and they still want to keep borrowing.”
The Senate has not yet considered the proposal.
Tanner, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and the Tennessee Army National Guard, serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee. He is chairman of the House delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.
Published in The Messenger 5.16.08