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Kingston Praises Passage of Expanded GI Benefit, New program provides increased benefit, transferability to families

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Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Jack Kingston (R/GA-1) today praised the passage of expanded GI Bill benefits. The reformed program will provide benefits to service men and women who have served since September 11, 2001 with benefits similar to those provided to World War II veterans.

"An updated G.I. bill has been needed for years," Congressman Kingston said. "Today we came together in a bipartisan manner to do just that. As cosponsor of one of the two proposals which served as a basis for this updated program, I am glad to see these reforms enacted. With the promise of a four year education, I believe we're giving our troops a fundamental building block for the American Dream."

The reforms guarantee full scholarships to any in-state public university as well as a monthly housing stipend for those serving at least three years. A provision for which Congressman Kingston strongly advocated, the ability of service members to transfer benefits to spouses and children, was also included as part of the bipartisan compromise.

The new G.I. Bill benefit, part of a larger legislative package, must now be approved by the Senate before being signed into law by the President. It passed the House overwhelmingly this evening by a vote of 416-12.

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