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Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. FITZPATRICK. I thank the gentleman for yielding.

Mr. Speaker, I want to speak about one small part of the continuing resolution, but one that has a huge impact on constituents in every district in this Nation: military tuition assistance, 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. Military tuition assistance, Mr. Speaker, 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 than work together to prioritize spending and get our fiscal house in order.

Thankfully, through bipartisan 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--and quite frankly, it's a shame it ever had to come to this.

I thank every Member of this body that has worked to restore the military tuition assistance program. It's a small part of this package, but a huge one for our troops.

I urge support of the bill.

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