Today, the House Veterans Affairs Committee will vote on a version of the Restoring GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011 [H.R. 1383], also known as the “grandfather clause,” which was amended last week by Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Patty Murray.
This current bill will exclude all veterans that matriculated in the spring 2011 semester. This means that all veterans who matriculated this past Spring will not fall under the proposed grandfather clause. We need to get the House to correct the date and send the bill back to the Senate for them to re-vote and pass it before 01 AUG.
We are asking that all supporters of student-veterans phone and email their Congressmen, Senators, Chairman Miller's office, and the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. Below is recommended language for each one in order of priority. Feel free to copy cut and paste or use them as a model.
I just learned that an amended version of the Restoring GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011 [H.R. 1383] is scheduled for Committee vote on Monday afternoon. As a (veteran, family member of a veteran veteran supporter), I am deeply concerned about the new eligibility date --January 4, 2011-- that the Senate amended late last week. The original date April 1, 2011 was fair and will protect the education and finances of hundreds of student-veterans.
Although January 4, 2011 was the date NGIB 2.0 was signed into law, it should not qualify as a drop dead date for the “grandfather clause.” The ten days from January 4th to the beginning of the spring semester is not sufficient time for student veterans to learn about the legislation and adjust their academic plans accordingly. Instead, the April 1st 2010 inclusion date put forward by Chairman Miller is much more sensible and fair.
I urge you to protect the intent of H.R. 1383 by changing the eligibility date back to April 1, 2011 and to send the legislation back to the Senate before August 1st. A manager's amendment to fix the date would be the best course of action as we certainly don't want to kill the bill or have it voted down. We want the date to be fixed and passed today.
Hundreds of deserving veterans nationwide depend on this immediate action so they can complete their college degrees and avoid financial distress.
Thank you for your support.
Here are the respective email addresses and phone numbers in order of priority.
2) Write your Congressman (email and phone #) https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml
3) Senator Schumer: (202) 224-6542 and schumer.senate.gov/Contact/contact_chuck.c
4) Contact your Senator http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm