Washington, DC – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on President Trump’s signing of the Forever GI bill:

“America’s greatest fighting force is prepared to become our greatest workforce. This expansion of the GI bill’s education benefits gives American veterans and their families more time and flexibility to pursue education options for the career that is right for them, and in our changing economy that includes non-traditional technology courses. This law now gives veterans the opportunity to apply their service benefits for these high-skilled and much-needed education programs. With technology transforming how business is done and goods are created, we can win the future with American heroes who know what it takes.”

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT FOREVER GI BILL

HEADLINE: “McCarthy Bill To Provide Free High-Tech Courses To Vets” (USA Today, 4/5/17)

  • Udacity’s Sebastian Thrun: “McCarthy Is Interested in Bridging The Divide Between Silicon Valley And Washington” “To that end, Mr. McCarthy has organized several meetings between congressmen and tech leaders like Elon Musk, Steve Case and Sebastian Thrun. For instance, earlier this year he met in Silicon Valley with Mr. Thrun…The conversation spurred an idea: Mr. McCarthy has drafted legislation that would allow veterans to use money from the Post-9/11 GI Bill for technology courses that teach veterans valuable skills like computer coding. Mr. Thrun said the meetings with Mr. McCarthy have been fruitful. Mr. McCarthy is “generally interested in bridging the divide between Silicon Valley and Washington,” Mr. Thrun said.” (Reed Albergotti, “Republicans In Congress Say Trump Won’t Cool Relationship With Tech,” The Information, 11/15/16)

NBC’s TODAY: “McCarthy Is Giving Back To Those Who Have Served” “In a House divided Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s Modern GI Bill passed unopposed…Purpose is what McCarthy is giving back to those who served.” (Jenna Bush Hager, “Coding Boot Camps Are Training Veterans For Jobs In The Tech Industry,” TODAY, 8/13/17)

  • VA Secretary David Shulkin: “Forever GI Bill Strengthens An Already Invaluable Benefit For Our Veterans And Their Families.” (Twitter, 7/15/17)

“McCarthy Was Instrumental In Pushing For The VET TEC Program” “Bakersfield congressman Kevin McCarthy was instrumental in pushing for a vet tech program in the bill. The five-year program will help pay for high tech courses. (Alex Batres, “Forever “GI” Bill Allows Veterans To Receive Educational Benefits With No Time Limit,” KGET, 8/2/17)

  • Got Your 6: “Great Bipartisan Work” (Twitter, 7/24/17)
  • NBC’s Willie Geist: “This Will Match Skilled Vets With Great Jobs” (TODAY, 8/13/17)

“Tech Funding Pilot Program Was Spearheaded By McCarthy” “The tech funding pilot program, which was spearheaded by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, and had Khanna as its lead Democratic sponsor, was included as part of a larger G.I. Bill expansion… Its unanimous passage was a rare moment of bipartisanship in a deeply divided Congress.” (Casey Tolan, “New Federal Program Could Help Veterans Join The Tech Industry,” Mercury News, 8/10/17)

  • HEADLINE: “Roe, McCarthy Lead Efforts To Reform GI Bill And Expand Education Benefits For Veterans” (Ripon Advance, 7/19/17)
  • Student Veterans of America’s Will Hubbard: “Who’s One Of ForeverGIBill’s Top Champions? Leader Kevin McCarthy” (Twitter, 8/3/17)

“Builds On Veterans’ Strengths To Increase The Number Of Skilled STEM Workers In The Country.” “Under the new bill, veterans studying STEM fields may be granted an extra year of funding for their education. By incentivizing entrance into the STEM fields, the new GI Bill builds on veterans’ strengths to increase the number of skilled STEM workers in the country. As House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said, “Veterans are prime candidates for tech positions because of their military discipline, ability to work under pressure, and teamwork.” (Elizabeth Mann, “Transitioning From War To Workforce Under The New ‘Forever’ GI Bill,” Brookings, 7/28/17)