Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Senate Passes Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act

Last week we reported, and lamented a bit, on the fact that the House of Representatives had passed a useful but very complicated GIVE Act, giving a human capital stimulus shot in the arm to nonprofit organizations.  Last Friday, the Senate passed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, its version of the GIVE Act.  Like its House counterpart, this bill articulates a great idea in long complicated language.  One can hardly tell which way is up from the bill!  According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy:

The bill now goes to the House, which adopted its own version of the legislation, the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education (GIVE) Act, earlier this month. The Senate version of the bill is somewhat different. For example, it would triple the number of AmeriCorps participants to 250,000 by 2017, while the House wanted to do it by 2014. But a spokesman for Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, said the body is expected to adopt it without further amendments on Monday. It then goes for signature to President Obama, who has advocated expanding national service since early in his presidential campaign. After he signs it, Congress will start appropriating money for the programs. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the new and expanded programs would cost about $6-billion over five years.



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