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Bucshon helps pass law for military members

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On Monday, the United States House of Representatives passed the Military CDL Act to help veterans gain employment.

It was expected to be signed into law by President Barack Obama and become law no later than Oct. 10.

The bill, the Military Commercial Driver's License Act of 2012, was an identical companion to H.R. 6456, which had been introduced by Indiana District 8 Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-Evansville), John Carney (Deleware) and Mike Quigley (Illinois).

The legislation, according to reports, gives active duty military personnel, military reserves, members of the National Guard, active duty United States Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary members more flexibility in obtaining a Commercial Driver's License, allowing them to pursue job opportunities immediately after leaving the service.

U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Me.) introduced the companion legislation in the Senate last week, where it passed unanimously.

"I am glad that we were able to work together, in bipartisan fashion, and pass the Military CDL Act by unanimous consent in both chambers of Congress," Bucshon said. "This legislation aids our veterans in finding work after their military service by cutting red tape and streamlining the CDL process.

"Currently, many veterans are unable to use military qualifications when applying to civilian jobs. Our service men and women have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country and trucking companies have one of the largest amount of job openings in our workforce. This common sense, bipartisan bill will help our military service men and women find good jobs in Indiana and will help move more commerce across our nation."

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