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Extension of Waiver Authority with Respect to Student Financial Assistance

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EXTENSION OF WAIVER AUTHORITY WITH RESPECT TO STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE -- (House of Representatives - September 20, 2005)

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Mr. BOEHNER. Madam Speaker, I rise in support of this bill to extend assistance for the men and women serving in the military by continuing to provide student aid flexibility; and I want to applaud the gentleman from Minnesota (Mr. Kline) for his leadership in providing flexibility and support for military personnel.

I would also like to thank the gentleman from California (Mr. McKeon) for his continued support for higher education and his leadership along with the gentleman from Minnesota (Mr. Kline) to protect the interests of members of the armed services.

The gentleman from California (Mr. George Miller) and the gentleman from Michigan (Mr. Kildee), on the other side of the aisle, have worked closely with us on this bill. And because it does expire at the end of this month, we do, in fact, need to extend it.

The Higher Education Act, which we will extend after we deal with this bill, deals with the issue of deferring the interest payments on those loans for active duty people, our servicemembers, who have been called up. That higher education bill we will talk about when we deal with the extension of the current Higher Education Act, but we are hopeful that in the coming month or so we will be able to bring the higher education reauthorization bill to the floor which will deal with the issue our friend from Maryland has referred to.

I do want to say that this is an important bill. We need to get it passed and get it to the other body to pass it so that our men and women in uniform will not be penalized because in fact they were called up, those who were in an institution of higher education. So I congratulate the gentleman from Minnesota (Mr. Kline).

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