WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In what has become an extraordinarily rare event, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a piece of legislation, sending it to the President's desk.
The measure is aimed at lowering the high unemployment rate among veterans, and President Obama is expected to sign it.
The measure, the Veteran Skills to Jobs Act of 2012, is designed to help veterans more easily obtain licenses required for civilian jobs.
More specifically, the bill requires federal agencies to recognize relevant military training when certifying veterans for federal occupational licenses.
The agencies would have 180 days to streamline licensing procedures once the legislation is signed into law.
Nelson had introduced the Senate version of the bill.
Earlier in the week, the U.S. House had passed its companion.
The Senate gave final passage late Wednesday and the bill is now headed to the President's desk. President Obama is expected to sign it.
The measure is supported by the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Officers Association of America, the Retired Enlisted Association, the National Guard Association of the United States the Navy League and the Mid-Tier Advocacy Coalition.