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Something good from Washington

Sometimes good things can happen in Washington. One did this week when the Senate approved a common-sense bill to help veterans of military service.

The measure is the Veteran STEM Scholarship Improvement Act, S 2011. It was introduced by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. Co-sponsors were Sent. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Steve Daines, R-Montana; Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia; Marco Rubio, R-Florida; and Kirsten Sinema, D-Arizona.

Veterans already benefit from GI Bill funds to help them earn college degrees. But limitations in the program can make it difficult to complete degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields while retaining those benefits.

The bill, a version of which already had passed the House of Representatives, gives additional GI Bill eligibility to veterans working on STEM degrees.

Good for Cornyn then, and for other lawmakers who have demonstrated that sometimes, Congress does get things done.

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