Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick offered the following statement regarding the House passage of the Continuing Resolution by a vote of 318-109 which restored the cuts to the Military Tuition Assistance Program while funding the government to avoid a government shutdown:
"Military Tuition Assistance is a popular program used by hundreds of thousands of troops to further their education and become better leaders, both in uniform and back in the civilian job market.
Disappointingly, Military Tuition Assistance is what the Administration chose to cut because of sequestration. The Administration didn't have to end this program; but they did. The Administration clearly decided to try and make sequester cuts as painful as possible and our military men and women were being made to suffer the consequences.
Instead of cutting waste, they ended a popular benefit for members of the Armed Services. This Administration would rather renege on a promise made to soldiers, airmen and Marines, then work together to prioritize spending and get our fiscal house in order.
Thankfully, through bi-partisan efforts in both Chambers, we were able to right a wrong. Today's vote compels the Administration to keep our government's promise to America's servicemen and women. Quite frankly, it is a shame it ever had to come to this.\
Furthermore, the House today also passed a balanced budget which I supported. The Administration has yet to propose a budget, which was due six weeks ago. I highlight this because the failure of the Administration to propose a plan presents the government with bad choices, like cutting Military Tuition Assistance.
I urge the President to sign the Continuing Resolution and give our troops what was promised to them."