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DCCC: Mike Garcia votes to deny benefits for National Guard and Reserve members

House Republicans, including Mike Garcia, overwhelmingly voted to block expanding education benefits for National Guard and Reserve members.

Despite performing equally demanding tasks and risks, National Guard and Reserve servicemembers are not paid at the same rate and don’t receive the same benefits as their active duty counterparts. The Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act would address this in part by counting every day that a servicemember is paid and in uniform towards their GI benefits.

Mike Garcia’s shameful ‘NO’ vote was a vote against ensuring every American who selflessly serves our country in uniform receives the same GI Bill benefits.

DCCC Spokesperson Helen Kalla says “Mike Garcia needs to explain to voters just why he voted to deny National Guard and Reserve servicemembers equal access to the benefits they deserve.”

This article was released by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

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  1. This is from the Hill

    Yes several voted against it but reporting needs to be BALANCED as to why they voted against it…
    give the full picture. Not just a negative sound bite! Enough Negativity!

    Rep. Mike Bost (Ill.), the top Republican on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, said he thought it would be a better use of resources to instead direct funding toward “higher priority issues” like expanding services for veterans exposed to toxic chemicals.

    “While I support the intent of this bill, I do not believe that it is the right solution for our National Guard and reserves at this time,” Bost said during House floor debate. “In a tight fiscal environment, I believe that full active-duty benefits for training and drilling is a bridge too far.”

    Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, qualifying veterans can receive up to three years’ worth of benefits covering tuition and fees, housing and the cost of books and supplies. The amount of the benefits depends on how long service members are on active duty, with the maximum amount available to people who served for at least three full years.

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