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Legislative Report - 3.25.2013 - Senate Restores TA for Military Students in FY 2013 Continuing Resolution

H.R. 933 - the Fiscal Year 2013 Continuing Resolution

On March 21, 2013, the Senate passed H.R. 933, the Fiscal Year 2013 Continuing Resolution, which would fund the federal government through September 30, 2013. An amendment offered by Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Ranking Member Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC), which repeals the termination of Tuition Assistance (TA) under sequestration and prevents the program's funds from being decreased below the amount provided in the underlying legislation was included in the final version. You may recall that the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC), Army (USA), Air Force (USAF), and Coast Guard (USCG) suspended new enrollments in the TA program in response to an internal U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) memo circulated to the service branches identifying TA as a potential program to cut under the sequestration; the Navy has yet to make a similar announcement. H.R. 933 now returns to the House for final consideration before proceeding to the President. The House leadership has indicated that H.R. 933 will pass with ease.