Steel proposes bipartisan bill to boost hiring of student veterans

The bipartisan Hiring Student Veterans Act, co-sponsored Feb. 9 by U.S. Representative Michelle Steel (R-CA), would provide the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) to companies that hire U.S. military veterans who receive federal education assistance.

“California is home to one of the largest veteran populations in the nation, and we need to make sure they have the tools and resources to succeed,” Rep. Steel said. “Our veterans deserve our support as they make the transition from active duty to civilian life.

HR 6684, which is sponsored by U.S. Rep. Susie Lee (D-NV), would specifically provide WOTC to companies that hire part-time veterans who use their U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)-administered education benefits — including including the GI Bill and Veteran Readiness and Employment Programs, according to a bill summary provided by staff at Rep. Steel.

Additionally, HR 6684 would encourage employers to hire more student veterans for part-time work and paid internships by automatically qualifying employers who hire veterans using the VA educational benefits for the WOTC tax credit of 40% on the first $6,000 of a new employee’s first year. wages, says the summary.

“The Hiring Student Veterans Act will expand opportunities for student veterans and help them gain invaluable experience in the job market,” Rep. Steel added. “I’m proud to support our country’s heroes with this bipartisan bill.”

The bill has been endorsed by Disabled American Veterans, Minority Veterans of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Student Veterans of America, Modern Military Association of America, and the Military & Veteran Services Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

HR 6684 is complementary legislation to S. 94 of the same name, introduced in February 2021 by American senses Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND), which remains stuck in the Finance Committee of the US Senate.

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