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H.R.1388 The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, 111th Congress

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  • Latest Action: Apr 21, 2009 Became Public Law No: 111-13.

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  • Committee Assignment: House Committee on Education and the Workforce

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  • This bill's most-recent vote occurred on March 31, 2009, with a roll call of 275 ayes, 149 nays, and 8 not voting.

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  • 11% of users support H.R.1388

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    OpenCongress Bill Summary

    • The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act (formally the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education (GIVE) Act) authorizes a dramatic funding increase for AmeriCorps and other volunteer programs, and the creation of new programs for seniors and veterans. It establishes a goal of expanding from 75,000 government-supported volunteers to 250,000, and would increase education funding and establish a summer volunteer program for students, paying $500 (which would be applied to college costs) to high-school and middle-school student who participate.

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      Here's a summary from OpenCongress.org: The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act (formally the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education (GIVE) Act) authorizes a dramatic funding increase for AmeriCorps and other volunteer programs, and the creation of new programs for seniors and veterans. It establishes a goal of expanding from 75,000 government-supported volunteers to 250,000, and would increase education funding and establish a summer volunteer program for students, paying $500 (which would be applied to college costs) to high-school and middle-school student who participate.

    Supporting Organizations

    • National Association of Community Health Centers

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    • American Association of Retired Persons

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    • Corporation for National and Community Service

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    • AmeriCorps

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    • Voices for National Service

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    • SeniorCorps

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    • Learn and Serve America

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    • Hands On Network

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    • Youth Service America

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    • The Corps Network

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    Opposing Organizations

    • Campaign for Liberty

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    Highest Rated User Comments

    • On March 18, 2009, by deborahg6 - As a person against this bill, I would like to state that I understand the intention of this bill. I have been watching this issue since President Obama mentioned his desire to provide a "service" program from before his election. I even read his entire proposal on his own website, which has since been altered.

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      As noted by deborahg6, a user on OpenCongress.org, on March 18, 2009, "As a person against this bill, I would like to state that I understand the intention of this bill. I have been watching this issue since President Obama mentioned his desire to provide a "service" program from before his election. I even read his entire proposal on his own website, which has since been altered."
    • On March 19, 2009, by HaggisGhillie - What about section 6104..."(6) Whether a workable, fair, and reasonable MANDATORY SERVICE requirement for all able young people could be developed..." [emphasis mine] Read the bill!

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      As noted by HaggisGhillie, a user on OpenCongress.org, on March 19, 2009, "What about section 6104..."(6) Whether a workable, fair, and reasonable MANDATORY SERVICE requirement for all able young people could be developed..." [emphasis mine] Read the bill!"
    • On March 16, 2009, by deborahg6 - The 13th Amendment Section I. "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." Section II. "Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."

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      As noted by deborahg6, a user on OpenCongress.org, on March 16, 2009, "The 13th Amendment Section I. "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." Section II. "Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation." "

    Highly Rated Blog Articles

    • H.R.1388: RESTART Act - U.S. Congress - OpenCongress - April 05, 2011 by opencongress.org - Coffman's Rare Earth Supply-Chain Technology and Resource Transformation (RESTART) Act of 2011, HR 1388, is a comprehensive bill that addresses all aspects of the nation's significant rare earths challenges, including resource development and . ...

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      As noted by opencongress.org on April 05, 2011, "Coffman's Rare Earth Supply-Chain Technology and Resource Transformation (RESTART) Act of 2011, HR 1388, is a comprehensive bill that addresses all aspects of the nation's significant rare earths challenges, including resource development and . ..." (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h1388/show)
    • Happy New Year! - December 31, 2010 by WisdomWorld - Wisdom: HR 1388 IR (111th Congress) was amended to remove the language calling for a study of a mandatory service... jm: So um…has this happened yet? Have people been drafted into a volunteer army of do-gooders? ...

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      As noted by WisdomWorld on December 31, 2010, "Wisdom: HR 1388 IR (111th Congress) was amended to remove the language calling for a study of a mandatory service... jm: So um…has this happened yet? Have people been drafted into a volunteer army of do-gooders? ..." (http://wisdomworld.com/2011/01/01/happy-new-year-2/)
    • Why is Osama bin obama bin HUSSEIN barack creating Obama Youth ... - December 29, 2010 by Democrats Blog - Do you want your kids to be drafted into mandatory service in the Obama Youth? Will they get to wear some cool arm bands? H.R. 1388. http://www.floppingaces.net/2008/10/05/obama-youth-brigades/. Best answer: Answer by Sexii girl ...

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      As noted by Democrats Blog on December 29, 2010, "Do you want your kids to be drafted into mandatory service in the Obama Youth? Will they get to wear some cool arm bands? H.R. 1388. http://www.floppingaces.net/2008/10/05/obama-youth-brigades/. Best answer: Answer by Sexii girl ..." (http://democratsblog.info/obama-supporters/why-is-osama-bin-obama-bin-hussein-barack-creating-obama-youth-brigades-and-none-of-you-obama-bots-seem-to/)

    Highly Rated News Articles

    • Bill would force every American to two-years community service as determined ... - November 23, 2010 by Greeley Gazette - Another bill, HR 1388, which Betsy Markey voted in favor of and was signed into law by the President, originally had a section listing prohibited activities ...

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      As noted by Greeley Gazette on November 23, 2010, " Another bill, HR 1388, which Betsy Markey voted in favor of and was signed into law by the President, originally had a section listing prohibited activities ... " (http://www.greeleygazette.com/press/?p=6859)
    • Proposal provides mandatory induction for 'national defense,' 'homeland security' - October 27, 2010 by WND.com - WND reported earlier when Obama signed into law the "GIVE Act," HR 1388, which massively expands the National Service Corporation and allocates to it ...

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      As noted by WND.com on October 27, 2010, " WND reported earlier when Obama signed into law the "GIVE Act," HR 1388, which massively expands the National Service Corporation and allocates to it ... " (http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=220869)
    • Lifton not right about NY job losses - October 27, 2010 by Ithaca Journal - The Serve America Act (HR 1388) is now a federal law that fulfills Lifton's aspirations for the children with community service, educational programs, ...

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      As noted by Ithaca Journal on October 27, 2010, " The Serve America Act (HR 1388) is now a federal law that fulfills Lifton's aspirations for the children with community service, educational programs, ... " (http://www.theithacajournal.com/article/20101029/VIEWPOINTS03/10290311/1129/Lifton-not-right-about-N.Y.-job-losses)
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