House To Boost GI Bill As It Passes War Funding

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Capitol Hill (AP) A bill that would provide another 163 billion dollars for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan comes up for a vote in the house today.

Some democratic add-ons have drawn a veto promise from the White House.

One would slap a-half-point tax hike on people who make more than a-half million dollars a year and use the money to help cover expanded education benefits for veterans under the GI bill. The proposal would essentially provide a full scholarship at any
in-state public college for people who serve at least three years in the military.

The Pentagon fears that providing such a large benefit after only three years of service would hurt retention.

Another add-on would extend unemployment insurance for people whose benefits have run out.