U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) today announced that he will co-sponsor new legislation that would restore tuition benefits for active duty service members that were cut as a result of budget sequestration.
Recently, the United States Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, and Coast Guard were forced to terminate their branches' tuition assistance for active duty service members in response to sweeping cuts imposed by budget sequestration. Tuition assistance is a critical benefit for service members, and is used by hundreds of thousands of active duty military who earn degrees part-time in fields that directly improve their skills on and off the battlefield. In Connecticut, thousands of active duty service men and women rely on the military tuition assistance program to obtain their degrees. This bipartisan bill, introduced by U.S. Senators Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.), would prevent drastic cuts to the tuition assistance program and allow active duty service members to continue their education.
"It's outrageous that the sequester strips education benefits from service members who put their lives on the line for us every day,"said Murphy. "These brave men and women are working to get their degrees so they can not only improve their work on the battlefield, but also improve other skills that they'll need to get a job when they return home. Connecticut residents who are currently deployed overseas have called and written to ask me to support restored funding for this program, and I'm proud to do it. I thank them for their service, and fully support their continued education."