Congressman Tim Ryan Responds to Republican Plan to Tax Newly Enlisted Troops

Washington, DC – Congressman Ryan today released the following statement in response to Republicans proposing a tax on newly enlisted troops. The drafted legislation would charge soldiers approximately $100 a month for access to the GI Bill. The bill would deduct a total of $2,400 annually from each soldier’s paycheck.  

“I am deeply concerned with the Republican proposal to charge our newly-enlisted service members for enrollment in the GI Bill.  It is outrageous that while troop levels are increasing in Syria, tensions are escalating with North Korea, and the fight against ISIS continues, we are simultaneously talking about removing benefits from the 1% of Americans personally bearing the dramatic cost of these policies. I refuse to tax our most junior military members, many eligible for food stamps and living below the federal poverty level, in order to make it easier for Republicans to pass off tax cuts to billionaires and build a wasteful and ineffective border wall.

“As a member of the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittees on both Defense and Veterans Affairs, I take my Congressional responsibility very seriously to care for our service members from the moment they raise their hand while standing on those boot camp footprints until the day we render them earned funeral honors.  I will continue to aggressively oppose legislative attempts to make their lives between those footprints and funeral honors any more difficult than necessary to protect and defend our country,” said Congressman Ryan.