H.R. 3913: Major General David Wherley District of Columbia National Guard Retention and College Access Act

H.R. 3913

Major General David Wherley District of Columbia National Guard Retention and College Access Act

Sponsor
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton

Date
June 29, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

H.R. 3913 is expected to be considered on Monday, June 28, 2010, under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage.  This legislation was introduced by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC).

Bill Summary

H.R. 3913 would direct the major of the District of Columbia to provide educational assistance to the members of the D.C. National Guard who have completed initial active-duty service and agree to serve for at least six years.  The measure provides up to $6,000 per year in financial assistance to District Guard members.

District of Columbia National Guard Educational Assistance Program:

The bill authorizes the Mayor of the District of Columbia to establish a program under which the mayor may provide financial assistance to an eligible member of the D.C. National Guard to assist the member in covering expenses incurred by the member while enrolled in an approved institution of higher education.

Administration and Funding:

The bill authorizes such sums as may be necessary for the mayor of the District of Columbia to provide assistance under the program.  It also permits the mayor to accept funds transferred by federal agencies and authorizes funding to those agencies. 

Background

The District of Columbia National Guard serves a dual mission of protecting the federal presence in the city as well as Washington, D.C., and its residents. This unique responsibility distinguishes the D.C. National Guard from any other National Guard.

Major General David F. Wherley Jr., was one of nine area residents killed in the crash of two Red Line Metro trains last year. Under Wherley's command, the D.C. National Guard deployed several of its units in overseas combat operations after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. General Wherley himself served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. At home, Wherley spent much of his time helping to support programs that targeted disadvantaged youths in the District.

Cost

A CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 3913 would increase direct spending for veterans’ education benefits by $2 million over the 2011-2010 period.