Hurd Amendment to Help Veterans Find Jobs Passes House

May 15, 2015
Press Release
‘Enhancing national security and helping Veterans find work is a win for everyone'

Washington, DC  - The U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation today which provides for the nation’s defense and ensures our military has the proper tools to face the challenges of the 21st century. Included in the Fiscal Year 2016 Defense Authorization was an amendment by U.S. Representative Will Hurd which will allow certain individuals with the appropriate training within the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security to take the necessary exams and receive certification, confirming their skill level.  The amendment did not authorize any additional funding.

“As Chairman of the Information Technology Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, it’s become painfully clear to me that the IT infrastructure in the federal government is woefully behind the times. The folks who are tasked with the job of maintaining these outdated systems are hampered by bureaucracy and red tape. This amendment will help those individuals who work hard to improve and maintain it gain a universally recognized civilian certification. This ensures their training is effective, but more importantly helps those who leave the service find a good-paying job fit for their skills in the private sector. I’m proud to sponsor an amendment that will enhance national security and help Veterans transition to civilian employment. Everybody wins with this one.”

The bill provides critical resources for our men and women around the world including millions of dollars for projects at Joint Base San Antonio. It protects access to commissaries and prevents a proposed cut to housing allowances and increased copays for military families. It includes a major reform that allows future service members to save money for retirement even if they don’t make a career out of the military. This means that for the first time the 83 percent of service members who are ineligible for military retirement will be able to take something with them after they serve. It invests in the critical technologies that will allow our military to remain dominant and eliminates wasteful programs and spending. Finally, it address the major issues facing the world today by ensuring our forces down range have clear guidance and authorities to take the fight to the enemy and win.