AACRAO along with 33 other organizations sent a letter to the U.S. House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committees regarding the need to make certain changes to the Responsible Education Mitigating Options and Technical Extensions (REMOTE) Act, H.R. 5545, and pass the bill as quickly as possible.
The REMOTE Act, introduced in October, contains important technical corrections to the recent Isakson-Roe legislation that made sweeping changes to the administration and oversight of GI Bill benefits. The legislation also includes provisions to extend certain COVID-19-related flexibilities and ensure that veterans' benefits are not negatively impacted during the spring semester should an in-person program need to convert to online.
However, the REMOTE Act currently omits language to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs' rounding out policy, which helps veterans receive full time benefits during the last term of their education program.
The organizations urge committee leaders to include the rounding out language and move quickly to pass legislation that addresses that issue along with the other COVID extensions and technical fixes.
Letter on the REMOTE Act for Veterans