Reports from Capitol Hill today tell of a
deal between the House of Representatives and the White House on a new G.I.
Bill, the subject of story in Science Careers earlier
this month. Both the House and the Senate attached the G.I. Bill legislation
to an Iraq/Afghanistan supplemental funding measure. The new G.I. Bill aims to
provide significantly more educational benefits for returning veterans who
enlisted after 9/11 than the current benefits offered to all veterans.
Acccording to the New York Times, House leaders kept
the G.I. Bill intact but compromised on other aspects of the supplemental
funding bill that the Bush Administration opposed: extension of some
unemployment benefits, restrictions on military spending in Iraq, and tax
increases to pay for the additional costs. The funding bill now goes to the
Senate, where according to the Washington Post, some Senators want
to add other provisions to the bill that the White House may not accept. If the
Senate adds these amendments, the bill would need to go back to the House,
probably after the Fourth of July recess.