H.R. 4592: To provide for the establishment of a pilot program to encourage the employment of veterans in energy-related positions

H.R. 4592

To provide for the establishment of a pilot program to encourage the employment of veterans in energy-related positions

Sponsor
Rep. Harry Teague

Date
March 22, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

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.

Bill Summary

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.

 

Cost

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.