Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act (2008)

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The Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act of 2008 (H.R. 5563) was a bill in the 110th Congress that would have reauthorized and in some cases expanded national volunteer service programs such as Americorps.[1]

Defeat in House

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) was introduced in the House on March 10, 2008.[2] On March 12, 2008, an attempt was made to pass the bill under a suspension of the rules, a procedure requiring a 2/3 majority for passage. The bill fell one vote short of passage.[1].
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Scored vote

Scorecard: Americans for Democratic Action 2008 House Scorecard

Org. position: Aye


"Passage of Miller (D-CA) motion to suspend the rule and allow a simple majority to pass a bill authorizing $51 million in fiscal 2008 for such national service programs as AmeriCorps and Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA)."

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Articles and resources

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Suzanne Perry, "National-Service Bill Defeated in U.S. House by One Vote", The Chronicle of Philanthropy, March 13, 2008.
  2. OpenCongress info page on H.R. 5563.

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