Tuesday, February 12, 2008

House Votes for College Aid for Vets

Recently the House voted for more pork for vets. Now, I am not against the vets, being one myself. But what America needs is affordable higher education not give aways like this (or Obama's $ 4,000 a year scheme) only drive it upward. Costs will only come down when State and Federal Governments privatize education and delegate government bureaucracy to private contractors.

Gabby's email:

February 8, 2008

Dear Mr. Bretney,

Last night, the House of Representatives bolstered educational opportunities for our men and women in uniform by passing H.R. 4137, the College Opportunity and Affordability Act. I was proud to cast my vote for the bill, which passed with a strong bipartisan majority of 354-58. It reforms our higher education system by making higher education more affordable and accessible for those who have served our country in the military.

H.R. 4137 expands college aid programs for our nation's heroes and their families, creating new scholarships to help them sustain the cost of higher education. It also includes a provision that will prevent interest from accruing on their student loans during deployments overseas to Iraq and Afghanistan.

In addition to financial support, this legislation provides resources to help our veterans finish college successfully, establishing support centers that will work with them until the day they graduate. Furthermore, the bill reforms student housing aid policies to make it easier for our soldiers, sailors, Marines and airman to go to school while fulfilling their military obligations.

House passage of the bill is an important first step. However, H.R. 4137 still awaits consideration by the Senate and the President's signature. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to take action and pass this important legislation.

Thank you for your continued interest in issues of importance to the men and women who serve in the United States Military as well as our nation's veterans. As this issue is debated in Congress, I will continue to keep you informed of its progress.

Sincerely Yours,

Gabrielle Giffords
Member of Congress

Washington DC

502 Cannon House Office
Washington, DC 20515
Phone:(202) 225-2542
Fax: (202) 225-0378

Congressional Office

1661 North Swan
Suite 112
Tucson, AZ 85712
Phone:(520) 881-3588
Fax: (520) 322-9490

Cochise County
Congressional Office

77 Calle Portal
Suite B - 160
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
Phone:(520) 459-3115
Fax: (520) 459-5419

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