|Sponsor||Rep. Teague, Harry|
|Date||March 22, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)|
|Staff Contact||Adam Hepburn|
H.R. 4592 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Monday, March 22, 2010, under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Harry Teague (D-NM) on February 3, 2010. The Committee on Veterans Affairs approved the bill on March 10, 2010, by voice vote.
H.R. 4592 would require the Department of Labor to create a pilot program to assist veterans in qualifying for jobs in the energy sector.
Specifically, the bill would create a pilot program which would award grants to three states for the establishment of a program that would reimburse energy employers for the cost of providing on-the-job and formal training for veterans in the energy sector. H.R. 4592 requires that each participating state provide evidence that it can produce such training to serve a population of eligible veterans, has a diverse energy industry, and the ability to carry out such a program. The bill authorizes the use of grant funds to provide training to veterans, and conduct outreach to veterans informing them of the program.
The bill finally authorizes the appropriation of $10 million per year for five years, beginning in Fiscal Year 2011.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that implementing H.R. 4592 would cost $31 million over a five year period, assuming appropriation of the specified amounts.