The Give Act ... and

Mandatory volunteerism to strengthen the social fabric. Guess Americans never volunteered before.



House Passes Volunteerism Bill Critics Call Pricey, Forced Service

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March 18,2009, Wednesday | Kelley Beaucar Vlahos

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives passed a measure Wednesday that supporters are calling the most sweeping reform of nationally-backed volunteer programs since AmeriCorps. But some opponents are strongly criticizing the legislation, calling it expensive indoctrination and forced advocacy.

The Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act, known as the GIVE Act -- sponsored by Reps. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y, and George Miller, D-Calif. -- was approved by a 321-105 vote and now goes to the Senate.

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HR 1388.House Res250 BACKGROUNDER (

The Republican Study Committee (RSC) highlights some Key points below SEE LINK above for original article from RSC:

Key Conservative Concerns
Take-Away Points

--H.R. 1388 expands the scope of a number of programs including AmeriCorps (, Learn and Serve, and the National Civilian Community Corps. While no CBO score is available for the overall bill, last year’s bill which was similar to H.R. 1388, authorized $6.2 billion in spending for volunteer programs.

-- H.R. 1388 stretches the definition of a volunteer by paying them for their service, frequently providing volunteers with health benefits, housing, and other items that undermine the definition of a volunteer.

--H.R. 1388 funds AmeriCorps at a level of “such sums may be necessary.” AmeriCorps has funded programs in the past such as Planned Parenthood of Western Washington and the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center (LAGLC). In addition, they ran a program that gave $5 to children for each toy gun they brought in.

--H.R. 1388 funds Learn and Serve, which has been described as “Not Performing: Results Not Demonstrated” by the Office of Management and Budget’s website, It also funds AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps which OMB describes as “Not Performing: Ineffective.” During a time of economic crisis, we should not be funding programs that have shown little or no results.


In the 110th Congress, H.R. 2857 came to the House floor on March 6, 2008. The bill was pulled from the floor due to the Republican Motion to Recommit which would have required background checks for participants in the national service programs and would have prohibited sex offenders from serving in some prisons.

The bill was brought up under suspension on March 12, 2008 as H.R. 5563. The bill included the Republican Motion to Recommit in the text.

The language is also included in H.R. 1388.

Many RSC Members voted against the bill last year.

Summary of Amendments that had brief debate today from RSC website-

HR 1388.House Res250 BACKGROUNDER


“Order of Business: H.R. 1388 is scheduled to be considered Wednesday, March 18, 2009, subject to a structured rule (H.Res. 250) that waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except for clause 9 of Rule XXI (earmarks) and clause 10 of Rule XXI (PAYGO) and makes in order the 11 amendments listed below.

All amendments are debatable for 10 minutes, except for the Manager’s Amendment, which is debatable for 30 minutes.” Source, Republication Study Committee


What happened on the House Floor TODAY (Wednesday 18 March 2009)?

H. RES 250. Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1388) to reauthorize and reform the national service laws.

HR 1388, H RES250 on THOMAS



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