Rep. Ilhan Omar promotes call for GI Bill to apply to all Americans

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., is taking heat for sharing an article calling for the G.I. Bill — legislation that pays for American service members‘ higher education — to apply to all U.S. citizens.

The story, written by Marine and Iraq veteran Will Fischer, who used the G.I. Bill’s benefits to pay for his college education, argues that the benefits of paying for veterans’ education have far outweighed the costs — and covering all Americans’ tuition would benefit not only those avoiding student debt but the economy as a whole.

“Imagine what it would do for our country and those who live here if we were to take the ethos behind the original G.I. Bill and apply it to everybody—canceling all student debt and making public colleges, universities, and vocational schools tuition-free,” Omar tweeted, quoting the AlterNet story.

But Omar was quickly criticized for advocating such a massive expansion.


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