H.Res. 1276: Recognizing the continued importance of volunteerism and national service and the anniversary of the signing of the landmark service legislation, the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act

H.Res. 1276

Recognizing the continued importance of volunteerism and national service and the anniversary of the signing of the landmark service legislation, the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act

Sponsor
Rep. George Miller

Date
April 21, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

The House is scheduled to consider H.Res. 1276 under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. H.Res. 1276 was introduced on April 20, 2010, by Rep. George Miller (D-CA).

Bill Summary

H.Res. 1276 resolves that the House of Representatives:

•  "Recognizes that service is of significant value to the United States; and

•  "Recognizes the first anniversary of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, and encourages every citizen of the United States to continue to answer the call to serve."

 

Background

April 21, 2010, marks the first anniversary of the signing of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act (P.L. 111-13).  The House passed the bill by a vote of 275-149, with 149 Republicans voting against the measure.

The legislation reauthorized through FY 2014 the National and Community Service Act of 1990 and the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973.  The Corporation for National and Community Service administers volunteer and community service programs that are funded under the National Community Service Act of 1990 and the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973, which include AmeriCorps, the National Senior Service Corps, and School- and Community- Based Service Learning (Learn and Serve America).  The legislation reauthorized many of these programs, authorizes new programs and studies, and increases the authorization amounts on numerous programs. 

Please see the Legislative Digest for the bill to review specific contents and Republican concerns.