Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Congress passed 97 bills into law.

What Congress actually did in 2017: It wasn't all partisan gridlock: 97 bills made it into law this year. Here's what you might have missed.
Excerpt: 2. Overhauling GI benefits. In the biggest reform of education benefits for veterans in decades, Congress passed the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Education Assistance Act in August, a 68-page bill that combined 18 separate bills into one, with numerous reforms long sought by veterans’ advocates. Most notably, the law eliminates the 15-year time limit for veterans to use their education benefits—the main reason the bill was nicknamed the “Forever GI Bill.” It also expands education benefits to any service member who receives a Purple Heart—regardless of how long he or she served—and provides extra money for veterans who pursue a degree in science technology, engineering or math, a small incentive to help America’s shortage of STEM workers.

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