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House Proceeding 03-18-09 on Mar 18th, 2009 :: 1:28:05 to 1:30:05
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Howard P. Buck McKeon

1:28:02 to 1:28:22( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: we think it's an excellent amendment. we support it. i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. hunter: yes, mr. chairman. i'd yield two minutes to the ranking member on education and labor, mr. mckeon. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. mckeon: i rise in support of the hunter amendment.

Howard P. Buck McKeon

1:28:05 to 1:30:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Howard P. Buck McKeon

Howard P. Buck McKeon

1:28:23 to 1:28:45( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: the gentleman that's the sponsor of this amendment speaks with great expertise when he talks on military and veterans' affairs, having joined the marine corps the day after 9/11 and having served two terms in iraq and one in afghanistan. in fact, when he signed up to run for congress he was recalled up, sent back to

Howard P. Buck McKeon

1:28:46 to 1:29:06( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: afghanistan and couldn't even campaign. so i thank him for offering this amendment. since passage of the original g.i. bill we provided educational benefits to soldiers returning from battle. helping these brave men and women pursue a college education is a small price to pay for their valiant service to our nation. these benefits are not a

Howard P. Buck McKeon

1:29:07 to 1:29:27( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: government handout. rather, they're a small token of our appreciation for their willingness to serve. unfortunately, the education awards under the g.i. bill may be actually held against veterans participating in national service by sometimes decreasing their ability to receive other educational awards. i support the hunter amendment

Howard P. Buck McKeon

1:29:28 to 1:29:49( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: because it restores fairness and how vetera' educational awards are treated. this amendment is consistent with bipartisan reforms enacted last year to the higher education act, and is consistent with our commitment to the veterans we have already given so much to our nation. thank you, and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. hunter: yes, mr. chairman.

Howard P. Buck McKeon

1:29:50 to 1:30:05( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: thank you very much. i'd like to thank congressman andrews, as well, and the democrats' side for just recognizing we have the best of this generation serving in the u.s. military at this time. they are put under extreme stress all the time.

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