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H.R. 2642 (110th): Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008

May 22, 2008 at 11:42 a.m. ET. On the Motion (Motion to Concur in the House Amendment No. 2 with Amdt. No. 4803) in the Senate.

This was a vote to pass H.R. 2642 (110th) in the Senate. The federal budget process occurs in two stages: appropriations and authorizations. This is an appropriations bill, which sets overall spending limits by agency or program, typically for a single fiscal year (October 1 through September 30 of the next year).

It was not the final Senate vote on the bill. See the history of H.R. 2642 (110th) for further details.

The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 is Title V of the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2008, Pub.L. 110–252, H.R. 2642, an Act of Congress which became law on June 30, 2008. The act amended Part III of Title 38, United States Code to include a new Chapter 33, which expands the educational benefits for military veterans who have served since September 11, 2001. At various times the new education benefits have been referred to as the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the 21st Century G.I. Bill of Rights, or the Webb G.I. Bill, with many current references calling it simply the new G.I. Bill. President George W. Bush signed H.R. 2642 into law on June 30, 2008.

The law is an effort to pay for veterans' college expenses to a similar extent that the original G.I. Bill did after World War II. The main provisions of the act include funding 100% of a public four-year undergraduate education to a veteran who has served three years on active duty since September 11, 2001. The act also provides the ability for the veteran to transfer benefits to a spouse or children after serving (or agreeing to serve) ten years.

This bill was written, introduced and guided to passage by Senator Jim Webb of Virginia, who introduced it on his first day in the Senate in January 2007. Webb's hope was that these benefits would help current veterans as much as the original G.I. Bill helped the Greatest Generation in shaping America.

The original Post-9/11 GI Bill's provisions went into effect on August 1, 2009.

This summary is from Wikipedia.

Source: Wikipedia

Totals

All Votes R D I
Yea 75%
 
 
 
75
25
 
48
 
2
 
Nay 22%
 
 
 
22
22
 
0
 
0
 
Not Voting 3%
 
 
 
3
2
 
1
 
0
 

Motion Agreed to. 3/5 Required. Source: senate.gov.

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