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US House passes HR357 to strengthen G.I. Bill

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 357, as amended, the G.I. Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2013, a bipartisan bill introduced by Chairman Miller and cosponsored by Ranking Member Mike Michaud. The bill would enable G.I. Bill recipients to receive in-state tuition rates at any public college or university in the country, not just those in a veteran’s state of residence. The bill also contains a number of other provisions designed to enhance veterans benefits and bring more accountability and efficiency to the Department of Veterans Affairs, including:
•A five year ban on performance bonuses for VA Senior Executive Service employees
•An extension of Veterans Retraining and Assistance Program job training benefits through May 31, 2014. The program is currently set to expire March 31, 2014
•Stronger infectious disease reporting requirements for VA hospitals
•A requirement for VA health officials to obtain the consent of patients before electronically monitoring them in private patient areas
•More comprehensive reporting requirements for VA employees traveling abroad

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