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  • Latest Action: Mar 18, 2009 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 34.

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  • Committee Assignment: Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

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  • 18% of users support S.277

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    OpenCongress Bill Summary

    • The Serve America Act would dramatically increase funding for AmeriCorps and other volunteer programs, including those for seniors and veterans. It also establishes a goal of expanding from 75,000 government-supported volunteers to 250,000. It also would increase education funding and establish a summer service program for students, paying $500 (which would be applied to college costs) to high-school and middle-school students who participate. In its current form, the legislation does not include a mandate requiring service. The legislation advanced through Congress as a substitute amendment to H.R.1138.

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      Here's a summary from OpenCongress.org: The Serve America Act would dramatically increase funding for AmeriCorps and other volunteer programs, including those for seniors and veterans. It also establishes a goal of expanding from 75,000 government-supported volunteers to 250,000. It also would increase education funding and establish a summer service program for students, paying $500 (which would be applied to college costs) to high-school and middle-school students who participate. In its current form, the legislation does not include a mandate requiring service. The legislation advanced through Congress as a substitute amendment to H.R.1138.

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    • America Forward Coalition

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    • Voices for National Service

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    Highest Rated User Comments

    • On March 20, 2009, by meliorism - The concept of mandatory national service is a direct violation of the 13th amendment. More to the point, the services we are ordered to "volunteer" are the ones we were told our taxes were paying for. So where did the money go? Why are we paying taxes for services we are now expected to do for ourselves?

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      As noted by meliorism, a user on OpenCongress.org, on March 20, 2009, "The concept of mandatory national service is a direct violation of the 13th amendment. More to the point, the services we are ordered to "volunteer" are the ones we were told our taxes were paying for. So where did the money go? Why are we paying taxes for services we are now expected to do for ourselves?"
    • On March 20, 2009, by meliorism - After all, most of us feel we can still go about our business uninterrupted by these controls and live adequately, if not freely. I fear now that by the time we realize that this is no longer true, by the time our old friends and fellow citizens–educated, hard-working, freedom-loving people of integrity–are declared dangerous enemies of the state, it will be too late to change the authoritarian direction of our nation, and it will be easier for us to act nationalistic and tolerated, silent and unencumbered, compliant and alive, than to be honest and endangered, righteous and imprisoned, patriotic and dead. The false patriots will have won, successfully driving freedom out of the only safe harbor it has ever known. American freedom, having long treaded in tempestuous weather, is drowning in the vast seas of prosperity and contentment it produced. Its only lifeline is We The People.

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      As noted by meliorism, a user on OpenCongress.org, on March 20, 2009, "After all, most of us feel we can still go about our business uninterrupted by these controls and live adequately, if not freely. I fear now that by the time we realize that this is no longer true, by the time our old friends and fellow citizens–educated, hard-working, freedom-loving people of integrity–are declared dangerous enemies of the state, it will be too late to change the authoritarian direction of our nation, and it will be easier for us to act nationalistic and tolerated, silent and unencumbered, compliant and alive, than to be honest and endangered, righteous and imprisoned, patriotic and dead. The false patriots will have won, successfully driving freedom out of the only safe harbor it has ever known. American freedom, having long treaded in tempestuous weather, is drowning in the vast seas of prosperity and contentment it produced. Its only lifeline is We The People."
    • On March 20, 2009, by meliorism - Perhaps we are so long removed from the origination of a free society that we have forgotten its price. Perhaps we have forgotten what freedom is: the absence of government coercion. Perhaps we have forgotten that truly beneficial policies almost always stand on their own merit, without the aid of massive government enforcement agencies. Perhaps we have begun to take liberty for granted, so we allow it to be chiseled away each year by just a few more taxes, just a few more regulations, just a few more unconstitutional spending programs, just a few more harmless potheads turned into untouchable felons, just a few more unwarranted surveillance operations, just a few more troops on our streets to suppress the political dissenters, just a few more unfounded arrests and detainments, just a few more unnecessary casualties in the never-ending war for universal authority, just a few more computerized balloting systems, and just a little bit more government control.

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      As noted by meliorism, a user on OpenCongress.org, on March 20, 2009, "Perhaps we are so long removed from the origination of a free society that we have forgotten its price. Perhaps we have forgotten what freedom is: the absence of government coercion. Perhaps we have forgotten that truly beneficial policies almost always stand on their own merit, without the aid of massive government enforcement agencies. Perhaps we have begun to take liberty for granted, so we allow it to be chiseled away each year by just a few more taxes, just a few more regulations, just a few more unconstitutional spending programs, just a few more harmless potheads turned into untouchable felons, just a few more unwarranted surveillance operations, just a few more troops on our streets to suppress the political dissenters, just a few more unfounded arrests and detainments, just a few more unnecessary casualties in the never-ending war for universal authority, just a few more computerized balloting systems, and just a little bit more government control. "

    Highly Rated Blog Articles

    • Topologie von Flächen CXLVII | Mathlog | ScienceBlogs.de ... - December 16, 2010 by Mathlog - Jedenfalls gibt jede solche Teilung der hyperbolischen Ebene durch 4g-Ecke (siehe Farb-Margalit, S.277/78 für eine präzise Definition von 'Teilung') eine hyperbolische Metrik auf der Fläche mit g Henkeln. In Farb-Margalit, S.278-80 wird ...

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      As noted by Mathlog on December 16, 2010, "Jedenfalls gibt jede solche Teilung der hyperbolischen Ebene durch 4g-Ecke (siehe Farb-Margalit, S.277/78 für eine präzise Definition von 'Teilung') eine hyperbolische Metrik auf der Fläche mit g Henkeln. In Farb-Margalit, S.278-80 wird ..." (http://www.scienceblogs.de/mathlog/2010/12/topologie-von-flachen-cxlvii.php)
    • Poersi [Persic, Persiß], Adam | Der Dreißigjährige Krieg in ... - December 04, 2010 by Der Dreißigjährige Krieg in Selbstzeugnissen,... - [11] BRUNS, Hallenberg, S. 277. [12] BRUNS, Hallenberg, S. 277. [13] Arnsberg; HHSD III, S. 28ff. [14] Kallenhardt; HHSD III, S. 376f. [15] Belecke; HHSD III, S. 59. [16] CONRAD; TESKE, Sterbzeiten, S. 268f. ...

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      As noted by Der Dreißigjährige Krieg in Selbstzeugnissen,... on December 04, 2010, "[11] BRUNS, Hallenberg, S. 277. [12] BRUNS, Hallenberg, S. 277. [13] Arnsberg; HHSD III, S. 28ff. [14] Kallenhardt; HHSD III, S. 376f. [15] Belecke; HHSD III, S. 59. [16] CONRAD; TESKE, Sterbzeiten, S. 268f. ..." (http://www.warlich.net/bernd/poersi-persic-persis-adam/)
    • Rez. AG: O. Linz: Studien zur römischen Ostpolitik im Principat ... - November 28, 2010 by H-Soz-u-Kult - Den Frieden von Nisibis datiert Linz einmal ins Jahr 299 (S. 261), einmal meines Erachtens korrekt ins Jahr 298 (S. 277). [6] Nur zwei Beispiele: Der von Vologeses IV. in Edessa inthronisierte König Wa'el b. Sahru wird namentlich nicht ...

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      As noted by H-Soz-u-Kult on November 28, 2010, "Den Frieden von Nisibis datiert Linz einmal ins Jahr 299 (S. 261), einmal meines Erachtens korrekt ins Jahr 298 (S. 277). [6] Nur zwei Beispiele: Der von Vologeses IV. in Edessa inthronisierte König Wa'el b. Sahru wird namentlich nicht ..." (http://hsozkult.geschichte.hu-berlin.de/rezensionen/2010-4-148)

    Highly Rated News Articles

    • Mobilizing the masses - March 31, 2009 by The NonProfit Times - The Serve America Act (S. 277) seeks to increase the number of AmeriCorps volunteers from 75000 to 250000 within four years, while providing funds to help ...

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      As noted by The NonProfit Times on March 31, 2009, "The Serve America Act (S. 277) seeks to increase the number of AmeriCorps volunteers from 75000 to 250000 within four years, while providing funds to help ..." (http://www.nptimes.com/09Apr/npt-090401-3.html)
    • Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act Waiting for Obama's Signature - March 30, 2009 by OMB Watch - Last week, the Senate amended the bill by adding the text of its version (S. 277). The Senate also renamed the bill the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. ...

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      As noted by OMB Watch on March 30, 2009, "Last week, the Senate amended the bill by adding the text of its version (S. 277). The Senate also renamed the bill the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. ..." (http://www.ombwatch.org/node/9827)
    • PennLive.com - March 28, 2009 by PennLive.com - by Lucy Hugel The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act (S. 277) has passed the senate and moves to the house. Thursday, the US Senate sent back to the House ...

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      As noted by PennLive.com on March 28, 2009, "by Lucy Hugel The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act (S. 277) has passed the senate and moves to the house. Thursday, the US Senate sent back to the House ..." (http://www.pennlive.com/editorials/index.ssf/2009/03/national_service_bill_makes_vo.html)
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