H.R.1388 - The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act

To reauthorize and reform the national service laws. view all titles (15)

All Bill Titles

  • Short: Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act as introduced.
  • Popular: GIVE Act as introduced.
  • Short: Congressional Commission on Civic Service Act as introduced.
  • Official: To reauthorize and reform the national service laws. as introduced.
  • Short: GIVE Act as introduced.
  • Official: A bill entitled "The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, an Act to reauthorize and reform the national service laws." as amended by senate.
  • Short: Congressional Commission on Civic Service Act as reported to house.
  • Short: Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act as reported to house.
  • Short: GIVE Act as reported to house.
  • Short: Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act as passed house.
  • Short: GIVE Act as passed house.
  • Popular: The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act as introduced.
  • Short: Serve America Act as passed senate.
  • Short: Serve America Act as enacted.
  • Official: A bill entitled "The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, an Act to reauthorize and reform the national service laws." as introduced.

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    mpaone 03/18/2009 8:16am
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    Deborah — I would agree that any program that provides nominal or purely symbolic services is a bad program. This is good neither financially nor for the participant. Nobody supports wasting time. A few things though: 1) It sounds like your son’s volunteering was the decision of the college, and I agree it sounds wasteful. This bill doesn’t support volunteer programs of individual institutions. They are never forced.
    2) The Forestry program also sounds poorly regulated. In the spirit of personal responsibility, though, I would say that what people choose to do in their free time is their business. I’m guessing you made a moral choice not to smoke weed and came out okay. 3) This is the exact reason for strict accountability and oversight in these programs (like AmeriCorps), to provide structure and worthwhile service, which is why they are funded through this bill.

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    Seqoia32 03/22/2009 12:35pm

    A card-carrying member of the tin-foil hat brigade.

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    Lara1967 04/24/2009 1:01am

    Rahm Emmanuel

    Is a traitor to AMERICA, He has never served in the USA military( he was born in USA). He did enlist in the Isreali Military and fought their war, why should we support a Traitor like Rahm Emmanuel and Obama is the biggest Traitor of them all for signing this bill in the first place.
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    marsbars 03/18/2009 7:07am

    Your adult child has the choice whether or not to engage in any activity they want. If he chooses to do a year of service for his country, he can do it through americorps.gov. As a VISTA, I recommend it (Volunteers In Service To America):
    “Each VISTA makes a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. In return for their service, VISTAs receive a modest living allowance & health benefits during their service, & have the option of receiving a $4725 Education Award or a $1200 stipend after completing their service. VISTA members do not provide direct services, such as tutoring children or building homes. Instead, they focus their efforts on building the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic develop, & otherwise assist low-income communities. VISTAs develop programs to meet a need, write grants, & recruit & train volunteers.”

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    Seqoia32 03/22/2009 12:39pm

    So I missed the section where it says the govt. will choose what volunteer programs your children will be required to participate in without your approval.

    Which section is it?

    So you don’t want your kids to earn college money this way. Fine. They can work at McDonalds, get loans or mommy can foot the bill.

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    FreedomNJ 03/23/2009 12:16pm
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    “So you don’t want your kids to earn college money this way. Fine. They can work at McDonalds, get loans or mommy can foot the bill.”

    Who do YOU think will pay for this bill?

    It is us middle class taxpayers with our own kids, and our own college costs to pay (continuing education in night school).

    People (of all ages) can always volunteer. I was a volunteer fire fighter for 8 years.

  • Nowabouthat 03/18/2009 1:57am

    Why won’t they pay these a minimum wage. Why is this bill going through after being at OC for a day?

    The mandatory service will be Ike the military in WW1, they will all have to sue for rights. Obama is a lawyer and wants you to.

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    marsbars 03/18/2009 5:50am
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    When you figure in the education award it is more than minimum wage. Most of the participants are fresh out of college and don’t have huge expenses such as car payments, a mortgage, children, etc. It’s completely manageable.

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    Seqoia32 03/22/2009 12:42pm

    Obama is not a lawyer anymore. According to the State of Illinois, he retired after the election.

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    njnan 03/24/2009 4:08am
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    And you believe that one stops thinking in a particular capacity, which was ones life’s profession, especially that of a lawyer? I do believe that was what NAT meant.

  • Nowabouthat 03/18/2009 2:06am

    Antipoverty program? This is a poverty program.

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    marsbars 03/18/2009 5:49am
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    People choose to do this in order to get money for school at the end of their service term. They can use the education award to pay off loans which were in forbearance during their service term. Not everyone has the skills required to live off meager wages, and it’s not hidden from program participants – so anyone who does it knows full well what they’re getting themselves into.

  • Bristow 03/18/2009 6:07am

    This bill makes service learning hours mandatory for secondary schools (Section 120b3b) and funds a study to determine if mandatory volunteer service for all young people can be developed. (Section 6104b6) This bill as written makes volunteer hours mandatory for children in public school and funds exploring the idea of expanding mandatory service for all young citizens. So mandatory service is certainly in this bill as currently written, unless a child attends a private school or is home schooled.

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    Seqoia32 03/22/2009 12:51pm

    You need to brush up on your reading comprehension skills.

    That is NOT what 120b3b says.

    It is talking about coordinating service learning opportunities where 90% or more students already participate or service-learning is already mandatory.

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    Lara1967 04/24/2009 1:05am

    In 120(3) it does state

    Sec. 1203)
    (3) Involving high school age youth in the mentoring of middle school students. Authorizes new Summer of Service programs under which students who will be entering grades 6 through 12 at the end of the summer and complete 100 hours of community-based service learning summer projects become eligible for an educational award of up to $500 from funds deposited in the National Service Trust.

    What many do not understand is that Authorized is the same as Mandatory in the definition.

    Containing or constituting an authorization and/or command.

    http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/mandatory.html

  • deborahg6 03/18/2009 6:09am

    My son worked at a fast food restaurant, while getting paid, for the summer and received scholarship money from his employer for his education. In fact, he paid for two years of his college this way and had a little bit of money to add to the economy. Let the American people do what they do best, work hard, create innovative incentives, freely volunteer their time and resources. It is not the government’s responsibility to do this. This particular bill outlines where students, veterans, and retirees will be serving and for how long. We do not need layer upon layer of government programs…that is not their role.

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    deborahg6 03/18/2009 1:00pm

    He worked for Chick~Fil~A! I’d say it happens every day, other fast food chains offer the same thing.

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  • vminch 03/18/2009 7:13am

    Section 120b3b states:
    “service-learning is a mandatory part of the curriculum in all of the secondary schools served by the local educational agency.” This is taken directly from the bill so it is not paranoia. This is forced service and not volunteering. It must be stopped!

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    Seqoia32 03/22/2009 12:53pm
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    Learn to read.

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    DianaAmerican 04/07/2009 6:03pm

    Read Bill H.R.1444. It explains very well what they want to do. But of course they must study how to do it first by setting up the commission in H.R.1444.

    Oh yeah, H.R.1444 does talk about creating, expanding and promoting service options for Primary and Secondary School students, oh, and college students, and a 4-year institute with a focus on training future public sector leaders, and don’t forget service among the “baby boomer” generation.

    And do not forget, a quote directly from the Bill:
    “Whether a workable, fair, and reasonable mandatory service requirement for all able young people could be developed”

  • ZAPEM 03/18/2009 10:34am

    Wrong. This is mandatory and it’s unconstitutional. You have no right trying to come in here and spew out garbage to make Hitler’s Youth Program sound palatable. America is not going to stand for this.

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    mpaone 03/18/2009 10:49am
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    Play by play:

    >>"Wrong. This is mandatory and it’s unconstitutional."

    I don’t see any argument here.

    >>"You have no right trying to come in here and spew out garbage to make Hitler’s Youth Program sound palatable."

    I think discussing the bill is the entire point of this forum, and of our right to free speech. I mean, clearly, you are free to make Hitler references.

    >>"America is not going to stand for this."

    The Serve America Act already has solid bi-partisan support. (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-s277/show) This bill is really just a corollary to that one. It’s discouraging really to me to see such bi-partisanship and name calling expressed here on an issue of supporting and rewarding volunteerism. I’d like to think we’re moving past this as a nation.

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    ZAPEM 03/18/2009 1:18pm

    If you think partisanship was over, it started up again right after Obama went into office. The first thing Pelosi did was get rid of the right for the minority in Congress to amend bills and you want to talk to me about getting over it?

    Since they took over, they have made us broke and plan to put us into debt indefinitely. They want a police state and that’s what this is. They want to indoctrinate your children with programs without your permission. They want to put everyone to work for them and then…..

    We see a bailout with AIG, another scam. Obama and Geitner KNEW what bonuses those execs were getting and still, they approved it. Now they are acting like they are outraged, when even the execs are saying they knew all about the contracts. #1 on the list of receiving $100K from AIG funds was Dodd and #2, was Obama.

    My child is my child, not the government’s. I’m sorry that you feel I don’t have a right to that opinion, but the Constitution says I do.

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    Kaz 03/20/2009 4:36pm
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    Um…solid bi-partisan support does not represent America…unfortunately.


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