PRICE SPONSORS BILL RESTORING MILITARY TUITION ASSISTANCE
Washington, DC - Today, Representative David Price (NC-04) joined a bipartisan effort to restore funding for military tuition assistance, which was suspended in the wake of across-the-board spending cuts imposed by sequestration. H.R. 1265, which Rep. Price co-sponsored, would restore financial assistance to soldiers participating in voluntary off-duty education programs. As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, Price is also working to ensure that a Senate amendment restoring tuition assistance, successfully retained in the Fiscal Year 2013 Continuing Resolution by Sens. James Inhofe (R-OK) and Kay Hagan (D-NC), is included in the final House version of the legislation.
"We absolutely have to find a way to work around sequestration's devastating cuts to military tuition assistance," Rep. Price said. "I'm going to work as hard as I can, and bring all the influence I have on the Appropriations Committee to bear, in the pursuit of restoring this funding.
"That our Armed Services had to even consider making the difficult decision to suspend tuition assistance—let alone actually go through with it—underlines yet again the need to replace sequestration's mindless across-the-board cuts with a balanced plan. From our military to the Department of Education to meat inspections, federal agencies are being forced to make impossible trade-offs as these cuts bite, and real programs that benefit real people are being undermined."
In Fiscal Year 2012, 201,000 soldiers used Army Tuition Assistance alone, receiving $373 million in benefits and enrolling in 620,000 courses. Soldiers using Tuition Assistance funds earned 2,831 associates' degrees, 4,495 baccalaureates, and 1,946 graduate degrees, according to the Army. Across all of the Armed Services, $568 million in tuition assistance was provided.
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