Inhofe, Cornyn Introduce Legislation to Expand GI Bill For Veterans

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced S. 1356, the Veterans Education Improvement Act of 2017, which reinstates veterans’ eligibility under the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2010 for education benefits when attaining postsecondary career and technical education (CTE) programs. 

Career and technical education centers are a vital post-secondary education option and workforce training system for veterans. Current law prevents veteran education benefits from paying for independent study unless it is at a degree granting institutions of higher learning, making certain CTEs ineligible. This legislation will remove this obstacle allowing Oklahoma’s veterans access to more than 200 programs to obtain necessary skills that the U.S. workforce desperately needs. 

“We owe it to our veterans to ensure they have access to a full range of educational options including programs at career and technical education centers,” Inhofe said. “These programs equip our veterans for the workforce and teach valuable skills that will translate into good paying jobs. I am proud to introduce this legislation that will provide our veterans more options and career paths when using their GI Bill.” 

Background

  • On Dec. 12, 2016, the Senate passed S. 3021.
  • On June 6, 2016 Inhofe introduced the Veterans Education Improvement Act of 2016, the basis for the legislation introduced today. Later that month, he testified in front of the Senate Veterans Affairs committee in favor of his legislation.
  • On April 29, Sens. Inhofe and Lankford and Rep. Markwayne Mullin sent a letter to the Obama administration questioning why CTE benefits were revoked.