CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.R. 1168 is expected to be considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. John Boozman (R-AR) on February 25, 2009. The Committee on Veterans' Affairs marked up the bill and ordered the bill to be reported by voice vote on September 28, 2009.
H.R. 1168 would require the Secretary of Labor to pay to each covered veteran an assistance allowance for each month the veteran in enrolled in an employment and training program that teaches a skill in demand. The bill defines a covered veteran as one who is: (1) unemployed for at least four consecutive months before applying for such assistance; (2) able to successfully complete the program; and (3) ineligible for other veterans' education or training assistance.
The bill would also require the Secretary to pay an allowance of no more than $5,000 to each covered veteran for transportation expenses related to the veteran's receipt of training for which an allowance is paid under the bill.
The bill authorizes $100 million for each fiscal year to carry out these payments. At the authorization level noted in the bill, CBO estimates that approximately 13,000 veterans would participate in this program each year and that they would receive assistance averaging around $7,500 per person.
Currently, the Veterans' Affairs Committee operates numerous programs to assist veterans seeking civilian employment and provides preferences in federal employment for veterans. To read more on the major federal programs and policies that assist veterans seeking civilian jobs, see this CRS document.
CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1168 would cost $350 million over the 2010-2014 period, assuming appropriation of the authorized amounts.