Americorps No. 113
ADA applauded the 1993 passage of the National & Community Service Trust Act (Americorps), which incorporated many principles contained in an earlier ADA National Service resolution. In 1995, the Republican Congress threatened the existence of Americorps by proposing to cut the budget to zero. The Bush Administration appears to support expanding Americorps, though we need to be vigilant to oppose diverting funding to the ill-advised faith-based initiative.
Like the Peace Corps, which has provided an opportunity for young Americans to serve their country by helping disadvantaged people around the world, Americorps is a program designed to help the less fortunate within our own borders. This program helps the recipients of the services and helps the country by raising another generation of Americans committed to the notions of public service and civic responsibility. Far from being "coercive volunteerism" or "pork," Americorps is a refinery for our nation's most important natural resource, the leaders of tomorrow. In its brief history, Americorps has helped teach inner city and rural youth, improve community services, and rebuild community facilities.
Therefore, ADA urges Congress:
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Social and Domestic Policy Commission
Federally Proposed Legislation:
H.R.1819 : To establish the Congressional Commission on Civic Service to study methods of improving and promoting volunteerism and national service, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] (introduced 3/29/2007) Cosponsors (29)
Committees: House Education and Labor
Latest Major Action: 7/9/2007 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Healthy Families and Communities.