William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021

Floor Speech

Date: July 20, 2020
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. KILDEE. Mr. Speaker, I thank Chairman Takano for yielding and for his leadership, along with Representative Lee, on this issue.

If only it were true that no servicemembers or no veterans were taken advantage of, were never put into a junk program by one of these organizations. If only that were true. But we know it is not, and this legislation intends to address that.

The GI Bill loophole is real. It has incentivized for-profit colleges to aggressively target veterans into these junk programs. Not all, but any organization that can't stand up a program without relying 100 percent on the funding that we provide has to face some scrutiny.

This is a rule that has worked, and it is a rule that ought to be extended to protect those people who have made the most significant sacrifice that Americans can make by putting on the uniform of their country and serving us. They deserve no less.

This amendment would come to their aid, and I support it. I commend my colleagues for offering it.

Ms. FOXX of North Carolina. Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.