Chambers Weighs In On $1.3 Million Set Aside For Tuition Grants To Iowa Guard

Date posted - January 26, 2012

Republican state representative Royd Chambers of Sheldon has weighed in on a debate about something that’s near to his heart — tuition for Iowa National Guard soldiers.

The Iowa House has given final legislative approval to an emergency allotment of one-point-three million dollars ($1.3 million) that will cover tuition costs for Iowa National Guard soldiers who’ve enrolled in college courses. Representative Chris Hall, a Democrat from Sioux City, has heard from a number of soldiers in his district who saw their individual benefits cut by 13-hundred dollars for this semester.<script language=”JavaScript” src=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/audio-player.js”></script><br><object type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” data=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/player.swf” id=”audioplayer1″ height=”24″ width=”220″><br><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/player.swf”><br><param name=”FlashVars” value=”playerID=1&soundFile=http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/capguardmoney4.mp3″><br><param name=”quality” value=”high”><br><param name=”menu” value=”false”><br><param name=”wmode” value=”transparent”><br></object>

epresentative Jerry Kearns, a Democrat from Keokuk, says this fulfills a promise made to those soldiers.<script language=”JavaScript” src=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/audio-player.js”></script><br><object type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” data=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/player.swf” id=”audioplayer1″ height=”24″ width=”220″><br><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/player.swf”><br><param name=”FlashVars” value=”playerID=1&soundFile=http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/capguardmoney1.mp3″><br><param name=”quality” value=”high”><br><param name=”menu” value=”false”><br><param name=”wmode” value=”transparent”><br></object>

he Iowa Senate approved the bill last week, but Republicans delayed action in the Iowa House to ensure the Guard indeed needed that much money to fulfill its tuition grant promises. Representative Royd Chambers, a Republican from Sheldon who is a member of the Iowa Air National Guard, says Republicans were just d oing their “due diligence” in checking the numbers.<script language=”JavaScript” src=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/audio-player.js”></script><br><object type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” data=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/player.swf” id=”audioplayer1″ height=”24″ width=”220″><br><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/player.swf”><br><param name=”FlashVars” value=”playerID=1&soundFile=http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/capguardmoney2.mp3″><br><param name=”quality” value=”high”><br><param name=”menu” value=”false”><br><param name=”wmode” value=”transparent”><br></object>

epresentative John Wittneben, a Democrat from Estherville, says legislators set aside the money for the program last year, before about three-thousand Iowa National Guard soldiers came back to Iowa after active duty in Afghanistan.<script language=”JavaScript” src=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/audio-player.js”></script><br><object type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” data=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/player.swf” id=”audioplayer1″ height=”24″ width=”220″><br><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/player.swf”><br><param name=”FlashVars” value=”playerID=1&soundFile=http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/capguardmoney3.mp3″><br><param name=”quality” value=”high”><br><param name=”menu” value=”false”><br><param name=”wmode” value=”transparent”><br></object>

he Guard announced in December that Education Assistance grants to its soldiers would be cut because there wasn’t enough money set aside to cover the tuition grants for the 14-hundred Iowa National Guard soldiers who’re enrolled in college. Governor Branstad has indicated he’ll sign the legislation. In other action this morning, the Iowa House approved spending three-million dollars in state money to help restore the U-S-S Iowa, a World War II era battleship that will be docked in Los Angeles as a floating museum. The Iowa Senate approved that level of spending on the project last week.

By Scott Van Aartsen News Director

Radio Iowa assisted with this story.

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