Hagan-Inhofe Amendment signed into law
The Hagan-Inhofe Amendment, despite some challenges, was signed into law earlier this week.
The amendment, proposed by Senator Kay Hagan, D-NC, and Senator Jim Inhofe, R-OK, will provide funding for the Tuition Assistance Program for active service military members for the remainder of the fiscal year.
Initially, it did not seem like the amendment would be included in the continuing resolution. There were numerous amendments and the Senate had difficulty reaching an agreement on them and voted to close debate last week.
However, according to Press Secretary Chris Moyer, the office found out about a week ago that the amendment would be included.
The managers of the bill, one republican and one democrat, went through the amendments and whittled down a few to be added to the resolution, Moyer said.
The resolution will fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends in late September.
“I’m so pleased that we came together, Democrats and Republicans, to pass this important amendment,” Hagan said in a statement. “I’m proud to have worked with Senator Inhofe to restore Tuition Assistance for our service members who sacrifice so much for our country day in and day out. We cannot balance our budget on the backs of service members, and this amendment to restore Tuition Assistance will help us keep the promises we’ve made to them. The brave men and women who serve in uniform have never given up on our country, and today the Senate signaled that we won’t give up on them.”
Hagan and Inhofe had introduced the amendment as legislation when it appeared that the amendment would not be introduced. Hagan also wrote a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel requesting that tuition assistance be restored.
“This continuing resolution passed by the Senate will also mitigate the effects of sequestration on our military by funding additional priorities. As we work to get our fiscal house in order, I will continue to ensure that we do not make shortsighted cuts that harm our service members,” Hagan said in a statement.