In a last minute kick save, Senators Jim Inhofe and Kay Hagan were able to push their tuition saving amendment through on a voice vote. Now the Continuing Resolution (amendments and all) are headed to the House of Representatives for a vote. According to Politico, “The House Appropriations Committee leadership has said it will quickly follow and take the measure — without changes — to a final vote in the House so as to avert any threat of a March 27 shutdown.”
The amendment to the Senate’s Continuing Resolution was originally offered by Senators Kay Hagan and Jim Inhofe in an effort to stop the termination of military Tuition Assistance. The amendment fell short of passing earlier this week. But against the odds it was passed Wednesday afternoon.
The amendment is part of a growing bipartisan response to the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard and Marine Corps suspension of the Tuition Assistance program, which was brought on by the so-called sequestration.
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. Military members took 870,000 courses and earned 50,500 degrees diplomas, and certificates in 2012.
Continue to stay tuned for further details…