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By Mark Schremmer, staff writer

A pair of bills in the House aim to make it easier for members of the military to acquire a commercial driver’s license.

Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., recently introduced HR2258, the Active Duty Voluntary Acquisition of Necessary Credentials for Employment (ADVANCE) Act, which would allow members of the military with qualifying experience to be exempt from certain testing requirements when they apply for a CDL.

The ADVANCE Act amends previous legislation by striking “veteran operators” and inserting service members, reservists and veterans.

“This is a commonsense measure that will help our brave men and women find work,” Rep. Aguilar said in a news release. “While we hear every day that Washington is broken and compromised by partisan gridlock, we can clearly see that there are issues that both parties can get behind. This is about helping our heroes find job opportunities in our communities. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to see this bill through.”

Meanwhile, Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga., recently introduced HR2547, the Veterans Expanded Trucking Opportunities (VETOPPS) Act of 2017, which would allow all Veterans Affairs medical professionals to perform Department of Transportation physicals on eligible veterans.

The bill expands legislation from the FAST Act to include advanced practical nurses, doctors of chiropractic, physician assistants, and other medical professionals, as well as doctors of medicine and doctors of osteopathy.

“The original VETOPPS Act was a direct response to a bureaucratic problem standing in the way of our veterans being able to quickly return to work and support their families,” Rep. Woodall said in a news release. “I was proud to lead in the effort that resulted in a solution becoming the law of the land, but when we see ways to improve upon the ways we’re serving veterans even further, we absolutely want to seize that opportunity.”

Both bills advanced out of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and are awaiting consideration by the full House. LL