Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Pelosi Statement on House Passage of the GIVE Act

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement after the House overwhelmingly passed a bill this afternoon to dramatically expand national service opportunities and help Americans play a role in the economic recovery. The bill, the Generations Invigoration Volunteerism and Education (GIVE) Act, passed the house by a vote of 321 to 105.

"Less than one month ago, President Obama called for legislation 'to encourage a renewed spirit of national service for this and future generations.' Today, the Congress has responded by passing the GIVE Act, launching a new era of service.

"The GIVE Act will create 175,000 new service opportunities - more than tripling the number of volunteers nationwide. And it will reward those who volunteer with real investments in their education. It also expands the diversity of our nation's volunteer corps - encouraging Americans from middle school students to retirees to give to their communities.

"This legislation is a sound investment: for every dollar spent toward service initiatives, there are four dollars of direct measurable economic returns to our communities.

"We have the power to banish some of the greatest ills affecting our nation, and create a stronger nation for all Americans. And we began today by giving the GIVE Act the strong, bipartisan vote it deserved."

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