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Shea-Porter Applauds Provisions Protecting Funding for Military Tuition Assistance

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Location: Washington, DC

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter applauded the inclusion of provisions protecting funding for the military's tuition assistance program in the Continuing Resolution signed by President Obama yesterday.

"We have a solemn commitment to the men and women of our armed forces, and I am glad Congress came together in support of this common sense amendment," Shea-Porter said.

The Congresswoman also called on the House and Senate to resolve sequestration so this important program will not be put in jeopardy going forward.

"Next year, the arbitrary and reckless cuts from sequestration could once again threaten tuition assistance for men and women of the military," Shea-Porter said. "Instead of stop-gap fixes, we need a long-term budget solution that helps create jobs, reduces the deficit, and protects programs vital to the middle-class and our armed forces."

The military tuition assistance program was created to help service members reach their academic goals and prepare for their inevitable transition back to the civilian workforce. The tuition assistance programs provide up to $4,500 per year for service members to continue their education. According to news reports, service members took 870,000 courses and earned 50,500 degrees, diplomas and certificates in 2012.

Last week, Congresswoman Shea-Porter signed a bipartisan letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel urging the Pentagon to "reconsider the decision to allow the services to suspend tuition assistance and provide our service members with the education assistance they have earned."

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