Congress approves measure to hold VA accountable for GI Bill payments
WASHINGTON – Congress approved legislation Thursday to ensure student veterans who didn’t receive monthly housing payments during the fall semester or received the wrong amounts get the money they’re due.
The Forever GI Bill Housing Payment Fulfillment Act creates a “tiger team” at the Department of Veterans Affairs responsible for planning how the agency will remedy the widespread payment failures. The Senate unanimously passed the bill Wednesday night, one of the last days of the congressional session. The House approved it with a 389-0 vote Thursday, and it now goes to President Donald Trump for his signature to make it a law.
“As we continue our oversight of VA’s implementation of the GI Bill, I’m glad this bill provides us with more tools to do so,” said Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., slated to be the next chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
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