Butterfield's Veterans Bill Heads to Senate Hearing

May 15, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today submitted testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs in support of the Veterans Education Equity Act of 2013.  Butterfield introduced H.R. 595, the House version of the legislation, in February to reward equal educational benefits to veterans whether they choose to attend a private or public institution of higher learning. 

Today’s hearing is the first Senate hearing on S.262, the companion bill introduced by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), and the bill’s second legislative hearing overall.  In April, the House Veteran Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity also held a hearing on the bill. 

“The current law unintentionally burdens a significant number of American veterans, requiring them to pay out-of-pocket thousands of dollars in nonresidential tuition rates, which could add up to more than $80,000 in North Carolina,” said Butterfield.  “Let’s treat all of our veterans fairly by passing the Veterans Education Equity Act out of committee and helping it become law.”

If found favorable, the Veterans Education Equity Act will advance to a markup hearing, where committee members will decide whether the full Senate and/or House should vote on the legislation.   

The bill has received the support of the American Council on Education, the Association of State Colleges and Universities, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, the Association of American Universities, the American Association of Community Colleges, the University of North Carolina System, and the North Carolina Community College System.