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House Passes Kildee Legislation to Expand Job Opportunities for Veterans to Work in Congress

Press Release

Date: Sept. 14, 2018
Issues: Veterans

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan amendment introduced by Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) that will provide more opportunities for wounded veterans to continue to serve our country by working in congressional offices. The amendment was also sponsored by Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (FL-07), Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) and Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18). Congresswomen Gabbard and Congressman Mast are both veterans who served after 9/11.

Congressman Kildee's amendment, which has the support of Republicans and Democrats, expands the existing Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program. The program provides wounded post-9/11 veterans the opportunity to serve in a two-year paid fellowship within the House of Representatives. The government spending bill that contains this amendment was also passed by the Senate and will be sent to the President to be signed into law.

"By investing in the Wounded Warrior Fellowship program, we can expand job opportunities for veterans and bring their critical insight and skills to more congressional offices. I am proud to introduce this bipartisan legislation that supports veterans who want to continue their service in a different way," said Congressman Kildee.

Currently, there is a waiting list of over 100 congressional offices who would like a wounded warrior fellow. Congressman Kildee's amendment expands the Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program so that additional opportunities are available for veterans to serve in Congress. In 2017, Congressman Kildee successfully passed a similar amendment to expand the program by $250,000.