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house Bill H.R. 425

Should the Feds Help Veterans Get Into STEM Careers?

Argument in favor

Veterans could be great contributors to STEM professions, but they need additional support to break into these fields. This bill directs the federal government — which has an obligation to support veterans — to study how best to support veterans’ transitions into civilian careers in STEM fields.

Jon's Opinion
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02/25/2019
Anything that both aids our vets AND trains Americans to fill STEM careers is a step in the right direction.
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doingmypart's Opinion
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02/25/2019
We should be doing everything possible with providing good career opportunities to our veterans and STEM is a good starting point.
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Richard's Opinion
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02/27/2019
Only anti-military Democrats would not support this bill. As we have seen throughout history and especially the last administration, Democrats would love nothing more than to dismantle our military, ICE and law enforcement. They also want to deny every American their second Amendment rights. It’s so obvious what their overall plan is which is to turn our country into a communistic ruled country.
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Argument opposed

An extension of veterans’ GI bill benefits that explicitly supports their study of STEM fields is already set to go into effect in August of this year. That, not this bill, is the best lever to pull if we want to get more veterans into STEM professions.

burrkitty's Opinion
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02/25/2019
This is just lip service. This bill doesn’t actually do anything but spend money on committees. Don’t we have enough of them already? The GI bill allows veterans to choose their future education for themselves. Let’s go with supporting that.
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Marcie 's Opinion
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02/25/2019
Better yet give my Brother his back pay he's been waiting and fighting for the last 7 years. He paid it forward, where is his country when he needs it? I think 3 tours in Iraq qualifies for immediate action.
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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02/25/2019
No this is another feel good, do nothing, I wear my flag pin bills that will cost a lot but do virtually nothing for our vets. The extension of the GI Benefits Bill will begin in August and already does what this Bill purports to do. Waste of $$$$.
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bill Progress


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      Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
    IntroducedJanuary 10th, 2019
    IT MAY BE TRUE THAT THERE IS A BETTER BILL THAN THIS ONE, BUT UNTIL THAT BILL PASSES, MAYBE THIS ONE CAN FILL IN THE GAP, AS LONG AS IT IS NOT USED TO HOLD BACK ON SOMETHING BETTER. OUR VETS DESERVE EVERYTHING WE CAN DO TO HELP THEM RE-ADJUST TO CIVILIAN LIFE!
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    The GI bill covers this already.
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    If 2.5 million STEM jobs are going unfilled in any given year, we should support a bill that gives STEM training to anybody, but especially veterans who have sacrificed already for this country.
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    Veterans need real help getting jobs after their service. This bill does very little to actually help. It seems more like a way for Congress to say they are doing something instead of actually doing something.
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    Veterans should get help finding jobs in all fields.
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    Why are we spending so much money on crap that I’d already covered in the GI Bill. This is ridiculous. Spend that money on the Veterans.
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    While it sounds great to do this. There is already a bill that does this same thing that goes into effect later this year. Why would you waste time and tax dollars creating a duplicate bill?!?! Especially when you can’t approve the budget on time?!?!
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    The military has a gargantuan budget. Why aren’t they responsible for veterans’ transition?
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    Waste of money on committees. I sit on several committees here at my college, but we actually get stuff done; while Congress does not. There are GI Bills that do the exact same thing as this. Use our money on useful things.
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    FEDs should help veterans period! They have earned it!
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    This is already on the books for vets...looks like a Republican trying to put a feather in his cap at the expense of duplicating and wasting time on the senate floor. Part of your jobs is to know what is already happening😡
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    Move on there is already a plan in place. No more new laws figure out a way not to make more laws.
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    1. There is no constitutional authorization.
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    This should be the responsibility of the states, as much as I do care about vets, I believe in limited government
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    This will make the transition for back to civilian life and finding a job for the future is relevant.
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    Don't waste money on random committees that won't actual have money to do anything.
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    This is a bs program the congressman is proposing to say how much he cares for veterans. If you care that much for our veterans try to take care of their healthcare need, housing, family needs. You are trying to bs your way to another term in congress.
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    As a retired military wife and mother of a veteran, Veterans Preference laws and regulations are a sham.
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    When I left the Army my military occupation, Infantry didn’t have a lot of civilian applications. So I had to find a field that I could OJT, I couldn’t afford the time to wait on school as I had a family to support.
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    I'm totally in favor of creating outreach programs and processes to make STEM education and STEM jobs available to our vets. However, having worked for many ears in Workforce Development, I know all too well that one million dollars will accomplish nothing. For this kind of programming to be successful, a whole lot more money has to be dedicated. Otherwise it is indeed a waste of one million dollars. What people don't know unless they work in this field, the hardest element is outreach. Outreach is like sales. You need a dedicated professional team in every state at the local level to accomplish a successful outreach. So just how many recruiters will $1 million pay for? And we haven't even talked about training and education. There needs to be new vision ( akin to what was envisioned in the 70s) to get 'er done. One best practice: paying people to take the training. What? Am I crazy? No. How's a person to attend a full time training schedule if they have to do 40+ at Burger King? Just a few of the questions around a STEM program. I will vote YES! when they put an idea on the table that has a chance at success.
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