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Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 3218, the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Education Assistance Act, or the GI Bill:

“The economy is rapidly changing, and with the rise of everything from robotics to artificial intelligence, more changes are to come. To prepare our veterans for the jobs of the future, we need to update the GI Bill to fit the changing times. This legislation makes education benefits fit veterans’ needs in two main ways. First, it allows veterans to use the GI Bill throughout their lives instead of within 15 years of service, because it shouldn’t matter how old a veteran is if a new or better job is just a few classes away. Second, this legislation includes a bill I authored called the VET TEC Act, which establishes a pilot program that allows veterans to attend non-traditional technology programs that will help them get jobs right after completion. The technology industry is increasingly looking for candidates with skillsets not learned in traditional settings, so we shouldn’t limit veterans to traditional education programs.

“Through these reforms that will open up new education opportunities for our veterans, our men and women in uniform can move from the world’s greatest fighting force to the world’s greatest workforce.”