H.R. 4155: Veterans Skills to Jobs Act

H.R. 4155

Veterans Skills to Jobs Act

Date
July 9, 2012 (112th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, July 9, 2012, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 4155, the Veterans Skills to Jobs Act, under a suspension of the rules requiring a two-thirds majority vote for approval.  The bill was introduced on March 7, 2012, by Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) and referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  The committee held a mark-up session on June 27, 2012, and ordered the bill to be reported by voice vote.

Bill Summary

H.R. 4155 would allow federal agencies to consider certain types of military training to be sufficient to satisfy training or certification requirements that an individual may need to obtain a federal license.  (Examples of such licenses include positions in the aviation and maritime industries.)

Background

According to the bill’s sponsor, the bill is intended to address the unacceptably high rate of veteran unemployment by streamlining the federal certification process and cutting through the bureaucratic red tape, making it easier for veterans to utilize the skills they acquired in the military to find work at home.  Rather than going through the process of redundant trainings for jobs they are already qualified for, veterans with the relevant training would be eligible to receive a federal license and get back to work immediately.

Cost

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that implementing H.R. 4155 would have no significant effect on the federal budget.  Enacting the legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.