House Republicans Plot Return to Majority by Promoting Career and Technical Education, Veterans’ Higher Ed Benefits in New Agenda – NASFAA
In hopes of returning to the chamber’s majority, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) released Republicans’ upcoming congressional agenda, which aims to promote career and technical education while also expanding GI education benefits should the GOP pick up enough seats to claim a majority for the 117th Congress.
Under their outline released on Tuesday, Republicans specifically touted their “Renew the American Dream” platform as a means of committing to higher education and workforce development, especially in light of the continued prevalence of the coronavirus pandemic.
“The American worker has faced unsettling changes in the workplace,” the pledge reads. “Now more than ever we must commit to offering every American worker the opportunity to learn new skills and thrive in industries that were out of reach before, and to support those who go to work outside traditional employment in the gig economy.”
McCarthy’s agenda also highlighted the need for tailoring veterans’ benefits to the individual rather than the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) system, and pointed to Rep. Phil Roe’s (R-Tenn.) legislation, the Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET-TEC) Expansion Act as a means of reducing enrollment barriers for student veterans.