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Rep. O' Rourke's Bill to Reinstate Funding for Military Tuition Assistance Programs Passes Congress

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Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Beto O' Rourke (TX-16) announced that language from H.R. 1265, a bill he introduced earlier this week to reinstate funding for the military tuition assistance programs affected by sequestration, was included in H. Con Res. 25 and passed in Congress today.

"With today's vote, Congress did the right thing and restored funding to a program that thousands of men and women in uniform across the country rely on to receive a quality education," said Rep. O'Rourke. "I represent Fort Bliss and the 36,000 Service Members who currently serve there. As they make their return from Iraq and Afghanistan, these men and women rely on tuition assistance programs to begin the transition back into civilian life, earn an education and secure good paying-jobs when they leave the Armed Services. "

The passage of the Continuing Resolution will restore funding for tuition assistance programs through the remainder of the 2013 fiscal year.

"I am grateful for the efforts of Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) and Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC), whose introduction of similar legislation in the Senate helped put bicameral pressure on Congress to restore funding for these critical programs," said Rep. O'Rourke. "Despite today's achievement, we will continue to work hard to ensure that funding for military tuition assistance is preserved beyond the 2013 fiscal year. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to accomplish this goal."

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