Editor’s note: In a statement
after passage in the Senate, Obama said “our work is not finished when
I sign this bill into law — it has just begun.” It will now only be a
matter of time before Obama’s “civilian national security force”
powerful as the U.S. military takes to the streets.
See Obama Calls For National Civilian Stasi and Obama’s “Civilian National Security Force.”
The Senate on Thursday approved a major national service bill that
triples the AmeriCorps program, despite concerns from some
conservatives that it could allow politically charged groups to benefit
from extra funding.
The Senate voted 78-20 to increase AmeriCorps to 250,000 from its
current 75,000 positions. The legislation is expected to cost $6
billion over five years.
The House could take up the bill as early as Monday, sending it then to President Obama for his signature.
The package, called the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and
Education Act, or GIVE Act, encourages a broad range of Americans to
give back to their communities. It would create five groups to help
poor people, improve education, encourage energy efficiency, strengthen
access to health care and assist veterans.
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