Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today regarding the G.I. Bill:
“More than 140 years ago, as he took the oath of office for the second time, Abraham Lincoln told the citizens gathered that day that Congress has a responsibility to ‘care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.’ Today we share that same responsibility to look out for those brave men and women who look out for us.
“While we may not all agree on the same foreign policy and war strategy, we can agree that each and every veteran deserves our admiration, respect and support. That is exactly what this G.I. Bill does, and that is why it is cosponsored by more than half of the Senate, more than half of the House, and most of our nation’s leading veterans’ organizations.
“This bill helps our veterans afford an education so they will have the tools to succeed at home after their successes in battle. These opportunities will reward those who choose to serve in our military and will benefit our economy for everyone. At its heart, this bill is about helping a large and deserving group of young men and women readjust to the civilian life we enjoy because of the sacrifices they make. We can never fully repay our bravest for their service, but with this G.I. Bill we can fulfill Lincoln’s plea that our support for the troops not end with their tours of duty.
“I thank Senators Webb and Hagel for their service and their commitment to our veterans, and I call on the President to work with Congress to provide all veterans with the benefits they deserve.”