U.S. Senator Marco Rubio supports passage of new GI Bill expansion

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - U.S Senator Marco Rubio is praising the Senate for unanimously passing an expansion of the GI Bill.

The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act promises more benefits for 1.5 million veterans in Florida.

If the bill is signed into law, reservists and Purple Heart recipients will now get full benefits.

More money will go toward veterans in STEM programs.

It also reinstates benefits for veterans whose colleges close in the middle of the semester.

Finally, the fifteen year time limit veterans have to use their benefits will also go away. That's why some people are calling it the "Forever GI Bill."

The bill breezed through the Senate in three weeks, and it's now headed to President Trump's desk.