Delaney Authors Legislation to Improve Veterans Education and Job Training Programs
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has filed legislation to help ensure that education and job training programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs are meeting the needs of the 21st century economy. Congressman Delaney’s legislation (H.R. 3205) reauthorizes the Veterans’ Advisory Committee on Education. The Veterans’ Advisory Committee on Education advises the VA Secretary on existing benefit programs and recommends new and improved programs and services. Absent congressional action, the Committee will lose authorization at the end of 2017. Congressman Delaney’s bill reauthorizes the Veterans’ Advisory Committee on Education through 2022.
“In today’s rapidly-changing economy we must make sure that VA education and job training programs are meeting the needs of America’s veterans,” said Congressman Delaney. “The Veterans’ Advisory Committee on Education is an important vehicle for making sure that experts and veterans are heard at the VA. There’s a lot of work to be done to make sure that the VA and government more broadly is forward-facing and future-oriented and this Committee is another way to help improve the programs we have and deliver feedback to the VA Secretary. I’m proud to lead this bipartisan effort to ensure that the Committee continues their work for years to come.”
The Veterans’ Advisory Committee on Education is intended to include persons eminent in their respective fields of education, labor and management and to include veteran representatives from the Global War on Terror and previous eras of service.
The bipartisan legislation is cosponsored by Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA-17), Congressman Walter Jones (NC-3), Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (NY-5) and Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-9).
Congressman Delaney introduced similar legislation to reauthorize the Advisory Committee on Education in 2013. Delaney’s legislation passed the House that Congress in a 404-2 vote.