Bill Sponsor
Senate Bill 656
118th Congress(2023-2024)
Veteran Improvement Commercial Driver License Act of 2023
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Passed Senate on Nov 2, 2023
Overview
Text
Introduced
Mar 6, 2023
Latest Action
Nov 6, 2023
Origin Chamber
Senate
Type
Bill
Bill
The primary form of legislative measure used to propose law. Depending on the chamber of origin, bills begin with a designation of either H.R. or S. Joint resolution is another form of legislative measure used to propose law.
Bill Number
656
Congress
118
Policy Area
Armed Forces and National Security
Armed Forces and National Security
Primary focus of measure is military operations and spending, facilities, procurement and weapons, personnel, intelligence; strategic materials; war and emergency powers; veterans’ issues. Measures concerning alliances and collective security, arms sales and military assistance, or arms control may fall under International Affairs policy area.
Sponsorship by Party
Senate Votes (1)
House Votes (0)
checkPassed on November 2, 2023
Status
Passed
Type
Unanimous Consent
Unanimous Consent
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Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.(consideration: CR S5335; text: CR S5335)
Summary

Veteran Improvement Commercial Driver License Act of 2023

This bill authorizes approval of certain commercial driver education programs for purposes of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) educational assistance if the programs meet specified requirements. Under current law, the VA may not approve enrollment of a veteran in courses for programs that do not lead to a standard degree that are offered at a new branch (i.e., a branch that has been operating for less than 2 years) of an educational institution.

Under the bill, a commercial driver education program offered at a new branch of an educational institution may be approved if it is appropriately licensed and uses the same curriculum as a commercial driver education program offered by the educational institution at another location that is already approved for purposes of VA educational assistance.

The educational institution must submit a report demonstrating the curriculum at the new branch is the same as the curriculum at the primary location in order to be exempt from the current prohibition against course approval at new branches.

Text (2)
November 2, 2023
Actions (9)
11/06/2023
Held at the desk.
11/06/2023
Received in the House.
11/06/2023
Message on Senate action sent to the House.
11/02/2023
Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S5335; text: CR S5335)
11/02/2023
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.(consideration: CR S5335; text: CR S5335)
11/02/2023
Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs discharged by Unanimous Consent.
04/26/2023
Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.
03/06/2023
Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
03/06/2023
Introduced in Senate
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S.656 118 Veteran Improvement Commercial Driver License Act of 2023
Public Record
Record Updated
Feb 9, 2024 6:28:10 PM