Text: H.R.3337 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (07/24/2009)


111th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3337


To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the use of entitlement under Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Program for the pursuit of apprenticeships and on-job training.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 24, 2009

Ms. DeLauro (for herself, Mr. Sablan, Mr. Kissell, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Peterson, Mr. Massa, Mr. Holt, Mr. Blumenauer, Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Courtney, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Filner, and Mr. Grayson) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs


A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the use of entitlement under Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Program for the pursuit of apprenticeships and on-job training.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Post-9/11 Veterans' Job Training Act of 2009”.

SEC. 2. Use of entitlement under Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Program for apprenticeships and on-job training.

(a) Entitlement.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Chapter 33 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 3319 the following new section:

§ 3320. Apprenticeships and on-job training

“(a) Monthly benefit.—Except as provided in subsections (b) and (c) of this section, the amount of the monthly benefit payment to an individual pursuing a full-time program of apprenticeship or other on-job training under this chapter is—

“(1) for each of the first six months of the individual’s pursuit of such program, 75 percent of the monthly benefit payment otherwise payable to such individual under this chapter;

“(2) for each of the second six months of the individual’s pursuit of such program, 55 percent of such monthly benefit payment; and

“(3) for each of the months following the first 12 months of the individual’s pursuit of such program, 35 percent of such monthly benefit payment.

“(b) Reduction.—In any month in which an individual pursuing a program of education consisting of a program of apprenticeship or other on-job training fails to complete 120 hours of training, the amount of the monthly benefit payment payable under this chapter to the individual shall be limited to the same proportion of the applicable rate determined under subsection (a) of this section as the number of hours worked during such month, rounded to the nearest eight hours, bears to 120 hours.

“(c) Housing allowance.—An individual receiving a monthly benefit pursuant to this section shall recieve a monthly housing stipend amount equal to the monthly amount of the basic allowance for housing payable under section 403 of title 37 for a member with dependents in pay grade E–5 residing in the military housing area that encompasses all or the majority portion of the ZIP code area in which the individual resides.

“(d) Charge to entitlement.—For each month that an individual is paid a monthly benefit payment under this chapter, the individual’s entitlement under this chapter shall be charged at the rate of—

“(1) 75 percent of a month in the case of payments made in accordance with subsection (a)(1) of this section;

“(2) 55 percent of a month in the case of payments made in accordance with subsection (a)(2) of this section; and

“(3) 35 percent of a month in the case of payments made in accordance with subsection (a)(3) of this section.

“(e) Reduced charge to entitlement.—For any month in which an individual fails to complete 120 hours of training, the entitlement otherwise chargeable under subsection (c) of this section shall be reduced in the same proportion as the monthly benefit payment payable is reduced under subsection (b) of this section.”.

(2) CLERICAL AMENDMENT.—The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 3319 the following new item:


“3320. Apprenticeships and on-job training.”.

(b) Conforming amendments.—Such title is further amended as follows:

(1) Subsection (b) of section 3313 of such title is amended to read as follows:

“(b) Approved programs of education.—A program of education is an approved program of education for purposes of this chapter if the program of education—

“(1) is—

“(A) offered by an institution of higher learning (as that term is defined in section 3452(f) of this title; and

“(B) approved for purposes of chapter 30 of this title (including approval by the State approving agency concerned; or

“(2) in the case of an individual who is not serving on active duty, includes a program of apprenticeship or of other on-job training approved as provided in clause (1) or (2), as appropriate, of section 3687(a) of this title.”.

(2) Section 3313(a) of such title by inserting after “subsections (e) and (f)” the following: “or section 3320 of this title”.

(c) Effective date.—The amendments made by this Act shall take effect as if included in the enactment of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 (title V of Public Law 110–252).