UPDATE March 18
House Readies Passage of Volunteerism Bill Critics Call Forced Service
The House of Representatives passed a measure Wednesday that supporters are calling the most sweeping reform of nationally-backed volunteer programs since AmeriCorps. But some opponents are strongly criticizing the legislation, calling it expensive indoctrination and forced advocacy.
The Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act, known as the GIVE Act — sponsored by Reps. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y, and George Miller, D-Calif. — was approved by a 321-105 vote and now goes to the Senate.
The legislation, slated to cost $6 billion over five years.
First Post below!
Appears to require individuals to give 3 years ‘service’
GIVE Act (Introduced in House)
March 9, 2009
`SEC. 3. SENSE OF CONGRESS.
`It is the sense of Congress that the number of participants in the programs authorized under subtitle C, including the Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) and the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), should grow to reach 250,000 participants by 2014.’.
Tea Party anyone after reading the above?