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    This page contains bills sponsored by incumbent Senators who are running for re-election in 2008, plus House incumbents running for Senate in 2008. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on. These bills are selected as the "signature issue" that each legislator focused on.

08-S2938 on Apr 29, 2008

Signature Legislation: improving educational assistance for veterans
Source: Enhancement of Recruitment ThrU Education Act (S2938/HR5944)
A bill to improve educational assistance for members of the Armed Forces and veterans in order to enhance recruitment and retention for the Armed Forces.
    Enhancement of Recruitment, Retention, and Readjustment Through Education Act of 2008: to develop additional programs to enable members of the Armed Forces to attain a bachelor's degree while pursuing a military career.
  • Increases rates of educational assistance: (1) under the Montgomery GI Bill; (2) for members of the Selected Reserve.
  • Provides an annual stipend for individuals receiving basic educational assistance and pursuing a program of education at an approved institution of higher education.
  • Allows a member who has completed six years of service to transfer to one or more dependents any unused portion of the member's educational assistance entitlement.
  • Authorizes a member on active duty & entitled to basic educational assistance to use all or a portion thereof to repay any outstanding federal student loan.
  • Makes eligible for enrollment under the Montgomery GI Bill certain retired personnel originally enrolled in the veterans' educational assistance program.
Congress makes the following findings:
  1. The World War II-era GI Bill assisted almost 8,000,000 members of the Armed Forces in readjusting to civilian life after completing their service to the nation.
  2. The establishment of the All Volunteer Force in 1973 has produced highly professional Armed Forces.
  3. The Sonny Montgomery GI Bill was enacted in 1984 to sustain the All Volunteer Force by providing educational benefits to aid in the recruitment and retention of highly qualified personnel.
  4. The All Volunteer Force depends for its effectiveness and vitality on successful recruiting of highly capable men and women.
  5. The achievement of educational goals, including obtaining the means to a college degree, has traditionally been a key reason for volunteering for service in the Armed Forces.


  • Topic: Homeland Security
  • Headline: Improve educational assistance for veterans
  • Headline 2: Improve educational assistance for veterans

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  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 08-S2938



Republicans participating in 08-S2938

Todd Akin s2oMissouri Republican (Senate run 2012) 
Lamar Alexander s2oTN Republican Sr Senator 
Wayne Allard s2oCO Former Republican Senator (retired 2008) 
Michele Bachmann s2oMinnesota Republican 
John Barrasso s2oWY Republican Jr Senator 
Sam Brownback s2oKS Republican Governor 
Michael Burgess s2oTexas Republican 
Richard Burr s2oNC Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative 
Saxby Chambliss s2oGA Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Thad Cochran s2oMS Republican Sr Senator 
Susan Collins s2oME Republican Sr Senator 
Bob Corker s2oTN Republican Jr Senator 
John Cornyn s2oTX Republican Sr Senator 
Larry Craig s2oID Former Republican Senator (until 2008) 
Mario Diaz-Balart s2oFlorida Republican 
Pete Domenici s2oNM Former Republican Senator (retired 2008) 
Thelma Drake s2oVirginia Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Phil English s2oPennsylvania Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Rodney Frelinghuysen s2oNew Jersey Republican 
Jim Gerlach s2oPennsylvania Republican 
Bob Goodlatte s2oVirginia Republican 
Lindsey Graham s1iSC Republican Sr Senator 
Kay Granger s2oTexas Republican 
Doc Hastings s2oWashington Republican 
Kay Bailey Hutchison s2oTX Republican Sr Senator (Retiring) 
James Inhofe s2oOK Republican Sr Senator 
Johnny Isakson s2oGA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Ric Keller s2oFlorida Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Jack Kingston s2oGA Republican Challenger 
John Kline s2oMinnesota Republican 
Randy Kuhl s2oNew York Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Jon Kyl s2oAZ Republican Jr Senator (Retiring) 
Doug Lamborn s2oColorado Republican 
Jerry Lewis s2oCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Donald Manzullo s2oIllinois Republican (Lost 2012 Primary) 
John McCain s2oAZ Republican Sr Senator 
Buck McKeon s2oCalifornia Republican 
Marilyn Musgrave s2oColorado Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Mike Rogers s2oMichigan Republican 
Mark Souder s2oIndiana Republican (until 2010) 
Ted Stevens s2oAK Former Republican Sr Senator 
Lee Terry s2oNebraska Republican 
Mac Thornberry s2oTexas Republican 
John Thune s2oSD Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
David Vitter s2oLA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Roger Wicker s2oMississippi Republican (Senate 2008) 
Joe Wilson s2oSouth Carolina Republican 



Independents participating in 08-S2938

Lincoln Diaz-Balart s2oFlorida Former GOP (until 2010) 
Elizabeth Dole s2oNC Former Cabinet Member (Labor Sec'y) and Senator 
Joseph Lieberman s2oCT Independent Sr Senator; Gore's VP nominee (Retiring) 
Mel Martinez s2oFL Former GOP Senator (resigned 2009); previously HUD Secy. 
Adam Putnam s1iFlorida Former GOP (until 2010) 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 0
Republicans: 47
Independents: 5


















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