Congressmen Palazzo and Ryan Introduce Series of National Guard and Reserves Pay Parity Bills
Washington, DC – Congressmen Steven Palazzo (R-MS) and Tim Ryan (D-OH), co-chairmen of the National Guard and Reserve Caucus, today introduced a series of bills that would address pay parity in the National Guard and Reserves: the Montgomery GI Bill Parity Act of 2019, Aviation Incentive Pay Parity Act, and National Guard and Reserves Retirement Pay Parity Act. Congressmen Peter Welch (D-VT) and Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) joined Palazzo and Ryan in introducing the Montgomery GI Bill Parity Act of 2019.
“Members of the Guard and Reserve have been asked to fulfill similar responsibilities as their active duty counterparts for nearly two decades," said Congressman Palazzo. “We owe this fix to our men and women that serve in the Guard and Reserves. As co-chair of the National Guard and Reserve Caucus and a member of the Mississippi National Guard, I will continue advocating for their equal access to education, healthcare, and pension benefits.”
“Every time they deploy, our neighbors in the Guard and Reserves put their lives on the line next to their active duty counterparts,” said Congressman Welch. “There is no reason that they shouldn’t have access to the same education benefits. This commonsense legislation would fix this oversight.”
“Guard and Reserve members have earned education benefits from their service to their state and country,” said Congressman Armstrong. “After their service and sacrifice, the least we can do is make sure they are able to obtain a quality education. I’m glad to cosponsor this bipartisan bill to remove barriers to education benefits and I urge the House to take it up without delay.”
H.R. 2952 Montgomery GI Bill Parity Act of 2019
H.R. 2953 Aviation Incentive Pay Parity Act
H.R. 2954 National Guard and Reserves Retirement Pay Parity Act