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                                                 Union Calendar No. 343
106th CONGRESS
  2d Session
                                H. R. 4268

                          [Report No. 106-628]

     To amend title 38, United States Code, to increase amounts of 
educational assistance for veterans under the Montgomery GI Bill and to 
 enhance programs providing educational benefits under that title, and 
                          for other purposes.


_______________________________________________________________________


                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                             April 13, 2000

Mr. Stump (for himself, Mr. Evans, Mr. Quinn, Mr. Smith of New Jersey, 
    Mr. Bilirakis, Ms. Brown of Florida, Mr. Spence, Mr. Doyle, Mr. 
Everett, Ms. Carson, Mr. Buyer, Mr. Reyes, Mr. Stearns, Mr. Snyder, Mr. 
Moran of Kansas, Mr. Rodriguez, Mr. Hayworth, Mrs. Chenoweth-Hage, Mr. 
   LaHood, Mr. Hansen, Mr. McKeon, Mr. Gibbons, Mr. Simpson, and Mr. 
    Baker) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the 
                     Committee on Veterans' Affairs

                              May 19, 2000

Additional sponsors: Mr. Ney, Mr. Camp, Mr. Peterson of Minnesota, Mr. 
 Thompson of California, Mr. Udall of New Mexico, Mr. Hill of Indiana, 
           Mr. Shows, Ms. Berkley, Mr. Cooksey, and Mr. Ortiz

                              May 19, 2000

  Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole 
       House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed
  [Omit the part struck through and insert the part printed in italic]

_______________________________________________________________________

                                 A BILL


 
     To amend title 38, United States Code, to increase amounts of 
educational assistance for veterans under the Montgomery GI Bill and to 
 enhance programs providing educational benefits under that title, and 
                          for other purposes.

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

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS; REFERENCES TO TITLE 38, 
              UNITED STATES CODE.

    (a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Veterans and 
Dependents Millennium Education Act''.
    (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents of this Act is as 
follows:

Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents; references to title 38, United 
                            States Code.
Sec. 2. Increase in rates of basic educational assistance under 
                            Montgomery GI Bill.
Sec. 3. Additional opportunity for certain VEAP participants to enroll 
                            in basic educational assistance under 
                            Montgomery GI Bill.
Sec. 4. Increase in rates of survivors and dependents educational 
                            assistance.
Sec. 5. Adjusted effective date for award of survivors' and dependents' 
                            educational assistance.
Sec. 6. Revision of educational assistance interval payment 
                            requirements.
Sec. 7. Availability of Montgomery GI Bill benefits for payment for 
                            licensing or certification tests.
Sec. 8. Extension of certain temporary authorities.
Sec. 9. Codification of recurring provisions in annual Department of 
                            Veterans Affairs appropriations Acts.
Sec. 10. Termination of certain reporting requirements.
    (c) References to Title 38, United States Code.--Except as 
otherwise expressly provided, whenever in this Act an amendment or 
repeal is expressed in terms of an amendment to, or repeal of, a 
section or other provision, the reference shall be considered to be 
made to a section or other provision of title 38, United States Code.

SEC. 2. INCREASE IN RATES OF BASIC EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE UNDER 
              MONTGOMERY GI BILL.

    (a) Active Duty Educational Assistance.--(1) Section 3015 is 
amended--
            (A) in subsection (a)(1), by striking ``$528'' and 
        inserting ``$720''; and
            (B) in subsection (b)(1), by striking ``$429'' and 
        inserting ``$585''.
    (2) The amendments made by paragraph (1) shall take effect on 
October 1, 2002, and shall apply with respect to educational assistance 
allowances paid for months after September 2002.
    (3) In the case of an educational assistance allowance paid for a 
month after September 2000, and before October 2002 under section 3015 
of such title--
            (A) subsection (a)(1) of such section shall be applied by 
        substituting ``$600'' for ``$528''; and
            (B) subsection (b)(1) of such section shall be applied by 
        substituting ``$487'' for ``$429''.
    (b) CPI Adjustment.--No adjustment in rates of educational 
assistance shall be made under section 3015(g) of title 38, United 
States Code, for fiscal years 2001 and 2003.

SEC. 3. ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITY FOR CERTAIN VEAP PARTICIPANTS TO ENROLL 
              IN BASIC EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE UNDER MONTGOMERY GI BILL.

    (a) In General.--Section 3018C(a)(2) is amended to read as follows:
            ``(2) has continuously served on active duty since October 
        9, 1996 (excluding the periods referred to in section 
        3202(1)(C) of this title);''.
    (b) Enrollment Period.--Section 3018C(a)(5) is amended by striking 
``during the one-year period beginning on October 9, 1996,'' and 
inserting ``during the one-year period beginning on the date of the 
enactment of the Veterans and Dependents Millennium Education Act,''.
    (c) Payment Amount and Period.--Section 3018C(b) is amended to read 
as follows:
    ``(b)(1) Subject to paragraph (2), with respect to an individual 
who makes an election under subsection (a) to become entitled to basic 
education assistance under this chapter--
            ``(A) the basic pay of the individual shall be reduced (in 
        a manner determined by the Secretary concerned) until the total 
        amount by which such basic pay is reduced is $2,700; or
            ``(B) to the extent that basic pay is not so reduced before 
        the individual's discharge or release from active duty as 
        specified in subsection (a)(4), the Secretary concerned shall 
        collect from the individual, or reduce the retired or retainer 
        pay of the individual by, an amount equal to the difference 
        between $2,700 and the total amount of reductions under 
subparagraph (A), which shall be paid into the Treasury of the United 
States as miscellaneous receipts.
    ``(2)(A) The Secretary concerned shall provide for an 18-month 
period, beginning on the date the individual makes an election under 
subsection (a), for the individual to pay that Secretary the amount due 
under paragraph (1).
    ``(B) Nothing in subparagraph (A) shall be construed as modifying 
the period of eligibility for and entitlement to basic education 
assistance under this chapter applicable under section 3031 of this 
title.''.
    (d) Effective Date.--The amendments made by this section shall 
apply with respect to elections made under section 3018C of title 38, 
United States Code, during the one-year period beginning on the date of 
the enactment of this Act.

SEC. 4. INCREASE IN RATES OF SURVIVORS AND DEPENDENTS EDUCATIONAL 
              ASSISTANCE.

    (a) Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance.--(1) Section 
3532 is amended--
            (A) in subsection (a)(1)--
                    (i) by striking ``$485'' and inserting ``$720'';
                    (ii) by striking ``$365'' and inserting ``$540''; 
                and
                    (iii) by striking ``$242'' and inserting ``$360'';
            (B) in subsection (a)(2), by striking ``$485'' and 
        inserting ``$720'';
            (C) in subsection (b), by striking ``$485'' and inserting 
        ``$720''; and
            (D) in subsection (c)(2)--
                    (i) by striking ``$392'' and inserting ``$582'';
                    (ii) by striking ``$294'' and inserting ``$436''; 
                and
                    (iii) by striking ``$196'' and inserting ``$291''.
    (2) The amendments made by paragraph (1) shall take effect on 
October 1, 2002, and shall apply with respect to educational assistance 
allowances paid for months after September 2002.
    (3) In the case of an educational assistance allowance paid for a 
month after September 2000 and before October 2002 under section 3532 
of such title--
            (A) subsection (a)(1) of such section shall be applied by 
        substituting--
                    (i) ``$600'' for ``$485'';
                    (ii) ``$450'' for ``$365''; and
                    (iii) ``$300'' for ``$242'';
            (B) subsection (a)(2) of such section shall be applied by 
        substituting ``$600'' for ``$485'';
            (C) subsection (b) of such section shall be applied by 
        substituting ``$600'' for ``$485''; and
            (D) subsection (c)(2) of such section shall be applied by 
        substituting--
                    (i) ``$485'' for ``$392'';
                    (ii) ``$364'' for ``$294''; and
                    (iii) ``$242'' for ``$196''.
    (b) Correspondence Course.--(1) Section 3534(b) is amended by 
striking ``$485'' and inserting ``$720''.
    (2) The amendment made by paragraph (1) shall take effect on 
October 1, 2002, and shall apply with respect to educational assistance 
allowances paid under section 3534(b) of title 38, United States Code, 
for months after September 2002.
    (3) In the case of an educational assistance allowance paid for a 
month after September 2000 and before October 2002 under section 3534 
of such title, subsection (b) of such section shall be applied by 
substituting ``$600'' for ``$485''.
    (c) Special Restorative Training.--(1) Section 3542(a) is amended--
            (A) by striking ``$485'' and inserting ``$720'';
            (B) by striking ``$152'' each place it appears and 
        inserting ``$225''; and
            (C) by striking ``$16.16'' and inserting ``$24''.
    (2) The amendments made by paragraph (1) shall take effect on 
October 1, 2002, and shall apply with respect to educational assistance 
allowances paid under section 3542(a) of title 38, United States Code, 
for months after September 2002.
    (3) In the case of an educational assistance allowance paid for a 
month after September 2000 and before October 2002 under section 3542 
of such title, subsection (a) of such section shall be applied by 
substituting--
            (A) ``$600'' for ``$485'';
            (B) ``$188'' for ``$152''; and
            (C) ``$20'' for ``$16.16''.
    (d) Apprenticeship Training.--(1) Section 3687(b)(2) is amended--
            (A) by striking ``$353'' and inserting ``$524'';
            (B) by striking ``$264'' and inserting ``$392'';
            (C) by striking ``$175'' and inserting ``$260''; and
            (D) by striking ``$88'' and inserting ``$131''.
    (2) The amendments made by paragraph (1) shall take effect on 
October 1, 2002, and shall apply with respect to educational assistance 
allowances paid under section 3687(b)(2) of title 38, United States 
Code, for months after September 2002.
    (3) In the case of an educational assistance allowance paid for a 
month after September 2000 and before October 2002 under section 3687 
of such title, subsection (b)(2) of such section shall be applied by 
substituting--
            (A) ``$437'' for ``$353'';
            (B) ``$327'' for ``$264'';
            (C) ``$216'' for ``$175''; and
            (D) ``$109'' for ``$88''.
    (e) Provision for Annual Adjustments to Amounts of Assistance.--
            (1) Chapter 35.--(A) Subchapter VI of chapter 35 is amended 
        by adding at the end the following new section:
``Sec. 3564. Annual adjustment of amounts of educational assistance
    ``With respect to any fiscal year, the Secretary shall provide a 
percentage increase (rounded to the nearest dollar) in the rates 
payable under sections 3532, 3534(b), and 3542(a) of this title equal 
to the percentage by which--
            ``(1) the Consumer Price Index (all items, United States 
        city average) for the 12-month period ending on the June 30 
        preceding the beginning of the fiscal year for which the 
        increase is made, exceeds
            ``(2) such Consumer Price Index for the 12-month period 
        preceding the 12-month period described in paragraph (1).''.
            (B) The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 35 is 
        amended by inserting after the item relating to section 3563 
        the following new item:

``3564. Annual adjustment of amounts of educational assistance.''.
            (2) Chapter 36.--(A) Section 3687 is amended by adding at 
        the end the following new subsection:
    ``(d) With respect to any fiscal year, the Secretary shall provide 
a percentage increase (rounded to the nearest dollar) in the rates 
payable under subsection (b)(2) equal to the percentage by which--
            ``(1) the Consumer Price Index (all items, United States 
        city average) for the 12-month period ending on the June 30 
        preceding the beginning of the fiscal year for which the 
        increase is made, exceeds
            ``(2) such Consumer Price Index for the 12-month period 
        preceding the 12-month period described in paragraph (1).''.

SEC. 5. ADJUSTED EFFECTIVE DATE FOR AWARD OF SURVIVORS' AND DEPENDENTS' 
              EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE.

    (a) In General.--Section 5113 is amended--
            (1) by redesignating subsection (b) as subsection (c);
            (2) in subsection (a), by striking ``subsection (b) of this 
        section'' and inserting ``subsections (b) and (c)''; and
            (3) by inserting after subsection (a) the following new 
        subsection:
    ``(b)(1) When determining the effective date of an award of 
survivors' and dependents' educational assistance under chapter 35 of 
this title for an individual described in paragraph (2) based on an 
original claim, the Secretary shall consider the individual's 
application (under section 3513 of this title) as having been filed on 
the effective date from which the Secretary, by rating decision, 
determines that the individual is entitled to such educational 
assistance (such entitlement being based on the total service-connected 
disability evaluated as permanent in nature, or the service-connected 
death, of the spouse or parent from whom the individual's eligibility 
is derived) if that date is more than one year before the date such 
rating decision is made.
    ``(2) An individual referred to in paragraph (1) is a person who is 
eligible for educational assistance under chapter 35 of this title by 
reason of subparagraph (A)(i), (A)(ii), (B), or (D) of section 
3501(a)(1) of this title who--
            ``(A) submits to the Secretary an original application 
        under such section 3513 for such educational assistance within 
        one year of the effective date of the rating decision referred 
        to in paragraph (1);
            ``(B) claims such educational assistance for an approved 
        program of education for months preceding the one-year period 

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