Bill Tracker for May 2019
S.537 – Hire Student Veterans Act
Sponsor: Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV)
Co-Sponsors: Sens. Jerry Moran (R-KS), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Steve Daines (R-MT), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)
Actions: On 2/25/19, read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
Synopsis: This bill allows a work opportunity tax credit for hiring a veteran attending an educational institution using educational assistance provided under certain programs administered by the Department of Defense or the Department of Veterans Affairs. It also modifies the minimum employment period required for veterans who qualify for the credit under this bill.
Sponsor Comments: “After talking to countless veterans and military families across Nevada, I decided to introduce bipartisan legislation to incentivize businesses to hire our student vets who are currently using their GI benefits to study,” said Senator Rosen in a press release. “I’ve met with organizations like Work for Warriors and UNLV Rebel Vets on how we can help veterans find good-paying jobs. I’m confident this commonsense legislation will put student vets on the pathway toward success and will continue working on bipartisan solutions to help our veterans transition back to civilian life.”
- Automatically qualify employers who hire student veterans using GI benefits for the
- WOTC’s 40 percent tax credit on the first $6,000 of the new employee’s first-year wages;
- Reduce the existing credit’s 400-hour work requirement to 120 hours if the veteran is using GI benefits;
- Directly incentivize employers to hire more student veterans for part-time work and paid internships.
More than 200,000 veterans live in Nevada, and it’s believed that this legislation would enable them to compete for better career opportunities if given greater opportunities to gain work and internship experience. As a bipartisan measure aimed at a population both parties want to please right now, I’d suggest it has a good shot of passing this time.
H.R. 2069 – SPIKE Act
Sponsor: Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV)
Co-sponsors: Reps. Tom Reed (R-NY), TJ Cox (D-CA), Susan Wild (D-PA), Ed Case (D-HI), Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD)
- Connect with communities that need access to high-speed internet and improved digital inclusion efforts,
- Hold regional workshops to share best practices and effective strategies for promoting broadband access and adoption,
- Develop targeted broadband training and presentations for various demographic communities through media,
- Develop and distribute publications providing guidance to communities for expanding broadband access and adoption, and
- Track construction and use of broadband infrastructure built using federal support.
- Requires the Secretary of the Interior to designate an official within the Office of Justice Services in the Bureau of Indian Affairs to coordinate violent crime prevention efforts across federal agencies.
- Requires the Secretary of the Interior, in coordination with the Attorney General, to establish an advisory committee on violent crime composed of members including tribal, state, and local law enforcement, service providers, representatives of relevant federal agencies, tribal leaders, and survivors and family members.
- The Committee will identify legislative, administrative, training, and staffing changes to increase reporting and prosecutions of relevant crimes.
- The Committee will develop best practices for tribes and law enforcement to better collect and share information across systems and agencies.
- The Committee will make recommendations to the DOI and DOJ on what more the department can do to combat violent crime.