Ciscomani bill funding high-tech job training for veterans clears U.S. House

 The U.S. House of Representatives has endorsed a pilot program to train military veterans for employment in the technology industry.

U.S. Congressman Juan Ciscomani, R-Ariz., passed his first legislation on May 24 which will cover the costs for veterans seeking job training in high-tech industries.

The VET-TEC Authorization Act permanently funds the Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses program, a five-year pilot program under the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, according to Ciscomani’s website. 

The legislation passed with bipartisan support on the House floor by a vote of 409-9 with some not voting.

The bill earned the endorsement of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Mike Bost of Illinois.

The program was established by McCarthy in a 2017 bill, the VET-TEC Act. The new legislation will fund the program, making it available to future generations of veterans, according to Ciscomani’s website. 

More than 80% of the 12,000 veterans who have participated in this program have graduated, according to a news release from Ciscomani. 

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