WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today praised the Senate passage of the Border Jobs for Veterans Act of 2015 (H.R. 2835), which recruits veterans to serve as Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers.
“Our servicemembers sacrifice so much for our nation, and in return it is our job to care for them when they come home,” said Inhofe. “One way to care for our veterans is to ensure that they have jobs when they transition into civilian life. I applaud the House and Senate for passing the bipartisan Border Jobs for Veterans Act. This legislation not only cuts red tape from the application and hiring process for veterans, but it also ensures that servicemembers are actively recruited for border patrol jobs, especially those who already have necessary qualifications. This bill provides needed job opportunities to our veterans and I strongly encourage the president to quickly sign this bill into law.”
The Border Jobs for Veterans Act of 2015 (H.R. 2835) was introduced by Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.). Inhofe is a cosponsor of the Senate companion legislation S.1603, the Border Jobs for Veterans Act, introduced by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.). The bill now heads to the president’s desk to be signed into law.
This legislation requires cooperation between the Departments of Defense (DOD) and Homeland Security (DHS) to identify service-related experience that can transfer to duties assigned to CBP Officers, ensure separating service members are aware of hiring opportunities for CBP positions, and requires DHS to consider hiring qualified candidates that are eligible for veterans recruitment appointment.