Skip to comments.National Service Corps Bill Clears Senate Hurdle
Posted on 03/23/2009 10:21:53 PM PDT by melt
Following overwhelming House passage last week, the Senate tonight voted 74 to 14 on a procedural move that essentially guarantees a major expansion of a national service corps, a cornerstone of volunteerism that dates back to the era of President Kennedy. Its akin to a call to arms by President Obama, who has harkened back to those early days to demand giving back by those who voted for him.
In fact, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the senior Democrat from Massachusetts whose battle with brain cancer has oft kept him absent from the Senate these days, appeared on the floor to welcomes all around as he cast his approving vote as a co-sponsor.
From President Kennedys days to the creation of Americorps by then President Bill Clinton, the notion of public service has become a rallying cry. Tonights vote, propelled by President Obamas urging of an expansion, would mean a growth in such work from 75,000 community service jobs to 250,000.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, the cost of the Senate bill at least would be an outlay for the fiscal year 2010 of $418 million to about $5.7 billion from 2010 through 2014.
Its an historic vote in the sense that a national service corps, an army dispersed to help with education, health services and the environment, would vastly enlarge the notion of community organizing, and allow, as Senator Barbara Mikulski, Democrat of Maryland, said tonight, for about 7 million people to be engaged in such work.
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"An army dispersed to help with education, health services and the environment, would vastly enlarge the notion of community organizing...
When exactly did this pass?
ACORN on steroids!!
Incredible that only 14 republicans voted against it!!
My first question is: Will the shirts be brown or black?
Kay Bailey Hutchinson voted for it. WTH? Of course, McCain, Lugar and the usual suspects voted for it. Senators have to run in state wide elections. Therefor, they're much more sensitive how this will be played by the MSM. And, let's face it. The MSM loves Ameicacorps.
See this thread for much background information:
I just read this article regarding building an army...
And gross that only 14 GOP voted against it.
“Obama will REQUIRE you to work.”—Madame Obama
Well darn!, You beat me by a few seconds, but I am sure relieved to know someone else happens to be thinking along the same line.
It’s starting to get a little too coincidental.
**And the only time I wear foil is when I have my hair colored.
Perry should get an Obama administration job. He’d fit right in.
I’ve read nearly the entire thread. Over 620 replies I’d figure.
“...cornerstone of volunteerism...”
I know a few of the kids who serve in Americorp locally. They are all pretty dense and leftist, but nice enough. They piddle all day at rebuilding and remodeling the homes of black folks (call me racist as if will, but thems the facts). They party hardy in the local bars, have weekends off and are basically are a waste of money.
I never forgave her for voting against the impeachment trial. I sent her a letter telling her I would never vote for her again. I recieved a form letter back, thanking me for my letter.
God help us, our founders warned against standing armies.