STATEMENT FOR THE RECORD SUBMITTED TO THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS’ AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY 118TH CONGRESS, FIRST SESSION October 18, 2023 Chairman Van Orden, Ranking Member Levin, and Members of the Subcommittee: We [...]
STATEMENT FOR THE RECORD SUBMITTED TO THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS’ AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY 118TH CONGRESS, FIRST SESSION June 14, 2023 Chairman Van Orden, Ranking Member Levin, and Members of the Subcommittee: We [...]
Chairman Tester, Ranking Member Moran, and Members of the Committee: We thank you for the opportunity to share this statement for consideration during this hearing, which includes many notable bills addressing topics in higher education [...]
Chairman Van Orden, Ranking Member Levin, and Members of the Economic Opportunity Subcommittee of the Committee on Veterans Affairs: We thank you for the opportunity to share our views regarding legislation under consideration by the [...]
December 21, 2022 Contact: Will Hubbard VP for Veterans & Military Policy [email protected] (703) 379-3822 PRESS RELEASE: Senate Passes Important “VETS Credit Act” Unanimously, Bill Heads to the President for Signature Today, we celebrate the [...]
STATEMENT FOR THE RECORD COMMITTEE HEARING ON PENDING LEGISLATION SUBMITTED TO THE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS’ AFFAIRS UNITED STATES SENATE July 13, 2022 Chairman Tester, Ranking Member Moran, and Members of the Committee: We thank you [...]
The devastating trend of school closures continues to negatively affect student veterans, leaving them with questions about their GI Bill benefits. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) inappropriately set a requirement for veterans to [...]
To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the process by which the Secretary of Veterans Affairs determines whether an educational institution meets requirements relating to the percentage of students who receive educational assistance [...]
"To direct the Secretary of Education to deem each month for which certain Federal student loans are in deferment during a period of active duty service as months counted toward public service loan forgiveness." Sponsored [...]
May 21, 2021 The Honorable Sherrod Brown, Chairman Senate Committee on Banking SD-534 Dirksen Senate Office Committee Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Jack Reed Senate Committee on Banking SD-534 Dirksen Senate Office Committee [...]
Below is the text of the bipartisan amendment to delay implementation of the 90/10 loophole closure in the American Recovery Act (COVID relief reconciliation plan). This deal was brokered between Senators Tom Carper (D-DE), Bill [...]
On Saturday, March 6, 2021, at approximately 7 a.m., the Senate approved, by voice vote, a bipartisan amendment to delay the implementation of -- and thereby secure bipartisan agreement to support -- the 90/10 loophole [...]
Requires common-sense oversight of schools through risk-based reviews triggered by Education Department or accreditor monitoring, federal or state punitive action, or conversion from for-profit status.
Strengthens the ban on deceptive college recruiting.
Restores GI Bill and Voc Rehab for students whose schools close or are disapproved.
Requires schools (not students) to repay VA any tuition overpayments and helps prevent overpayments by requiring schools to re-certify after the add/drop period and by requiring students to verify enrollment monthly.
Protects students from failing schools. If a school is terminated by the Education Department or at risk of losing accreditation, VA must act. Also requires law schools to be properly accredited.
Requires schools to honor deployments and provide students a point of contact and clear information about the program, including cost, graduation and job placement rates. Also stops same-day recruiting and more than 3 unsolicited recruiting attempts.
Sunsets the Montgomery GI Bill and delays by 6 months the date at which servicemembers have to choose whether to pay into it.
Extends in-state tuition at public colleges to veterans, regardless of their residency and date of separation from the military
We secured bipartisan victories in both the House and Senate to stop Betsy DeVos’ rule that makes it almost impossible for students to get loan forgiveness if their college defrauded them. Despite our bipartisan victories, President Trump vetoed the Act.
We brought student veterans to speak out in press conferences with both the House and Senate.
Passed unanimously both the House and Senate at the end of December 2018, signed into law January 2019 as Public Law No. 115-407.
Sec. 103 forbids schools from forcing GI Bill students to pay penalties or late fees or denies them access to classes, libraries, and facilities if VA payment is late (“Forever GI Bill Housing Payment Fulfillment Act” a.k.a. “SIT-REP”);
Sec. 102 provides GI Bill students with proof of their housing allowance to meet landlord requirements;
Sec. 105 aligns monthly housing allowance for high tech pilot with rest of GI Bill programs;
Sec. 504 requires VA to study and begin addressing VA’s debt collection practices of clawing back GI Bill from students.
Our Work Stopping the House PROSPER Act (2018). When the Chairwoman of the House Education Committee (who takes more money from for-profit colleges than almost any other Member of Congress) tried to push through a bill to hurt students and steer federal funds to for-profit colleges, we led the effort to stop her bill — and we won.