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Letter to Colleagues - Restore Tuition Help for Soldiers

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Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, today urged his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to amend the 2014 budget to allow service members to continue receiving tuition assistance benefits that were cut under the sequester.

In a letter to the entire House of Representatives, Rep. Johnson asks his colleagues to support the "Congressional Black Caucus substitute that restores these harmful cuts to this important program by finding other savings that don't come at the expense of hardworking families."

Rep. Johnson, along with Reps. John Lewis (GA) and Gwen Moore (NY), penned the letter in support of the Fudge-Scott-Moore-Lee amendment to H. Con. Res. 25, the fiscal year 2014 budget resolution when it was considered on the House floor today.

The letter goes on to say: "Meeting this promise to our servicemen and women should be a top priority. The cuts to the Military Tuition Assistance Program would be devastating for countless families."

Dear Colleague,

We write to encourage you to support the Fudge-Scott-Moore-Lee amendment to H. Con. Res. 25, the fiscal year 2014 budget resolution when it is considered on the House Floor today.

Perhaps one of the most important feature of the Congressional Black Caucus substitute is that it will allow service members to continue to receive their tuition assistance benefits. As you know, the Military Tuition Assistance Program was not exempted from sequestration. Already, the Army and Marine Corps canceled their respective programs, while other branches of the military are weighing their options.

Beginning in FY 2014, the CBC Budget restores these harmful cuts to this important program by finding other savings that don't come at the expense of hardworking families.

Tuition assistance, the promise of securing better opportunities for themselves and their families, is a key benefit for men and women in uniform. Meeting this promise to our servicemen and women should be a top priority. The cuts to the Military Tuition Assistance Program would be devastating for countless families.

The CBC Budget Substitute not only helps soldiers continue to pursue their education dreams, but it also improves funding for veterans programs in order to provide returning soldiers with the support they need and deserve.

Simply said, if you share our concerns about these key issues, we hope that you will join us in support of the Congressional Black Caucus Budget Substitute.

Sincerely,

John Lewis Gwen Moore Henry C. "Hank" Johnson
Member of Congress Member of Congress Member of Congress


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