110th Congress (2007-2008)
House Report 110-420
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The purpose of H.R. 2857, the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act, or the GIVE Act, is to reauthorize and reform the national service laws.
II. COMMITTEE ACTION
Subcommittee on Select Education hearings
On April 11, 2002, the Subcommittee on Select Education held a hearing on `The Corporation for National and Community Service,' to evaluate Administration proposals to reauthorize programs under the Corporation for National and Community Service. On April 25, 2002, the Subcommittee held a legislative hearing titled `Citizen Service in the 21st Century.' The hearing considered H.R. 3465, the Call to Service Act of 2001 and other service initiatives and issues related to the reauthorization of programs under the Corporation for National and Community Service.
On May 24, 2002, Representatives Pete Hoekstra (R-MI), and Tim Roemer (D-IN) introduced H.R. 4854, the Citizens Service Act of 2002, a bipartisan bill to reauthorize and reform the national service laws through fiscal year 2007. On June 5, 2002, the Subcommittee on Select Education considered H.R. 4854 in legislative session and reported it favorably, as amended, to the Committee on Education and the Workforce by voice vote. On June 12, 2002, the Committee on Education and the Workforce considered H.R. 4854 in legislative session and reported it favorably, as amended, to the House of Representatives by voice vote. The House of Representatives took no further action on the measure.
Subcommittee on Healthy Families and Communities hearings
On February 27, 2007, the Subcommittee on Healthy Families and Communities held a hearing titled, `Strengthening Communities: An Overview of Service and Volunteering in America.' The hearing presented an overview of the Corporation for National and Community Service (`the Corporation') and identified areas for improvement. The following witnesses testified before the Subcommittee: Mr. David Eisner, CEO, Corporation for National and Community Service, Washington, D.C.; Mr. Thomas Daigle, AmeriCorps Member, Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte (Class of 2004-2006), Falls Church, Virginia; Mr. David Edelman, National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) Member (Class of 2005), Merrick, New York; Mr. John Gomperts, Executive Director, Experience Corps, Washington, D.C.; Mr. George H. Moore, Executive Director, Community Progress Council, York, Pennsylvania.
On April 19, 2007, the Subcommittee held a hearing titled, `Renewing the Spirit of National and Community Service.' The hearing examined new avenues and perspectives on service including methods to engage volunteers through the media, new programs to attract middle school youth to service, programs to engage scientists and engineers in service while actively involving youth in science and engineering and community service, activities to engage alumni of national service programs in continued local and national service, and further activities to engage volunteers in service across our nation. The following witnesses testified at the hearing: Mr. Robert Newman, Actor, `The Guiding Light', New York, New York; Ms. Susan E. Stroud, Executive Director, Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP), Washington, D.C.; Mr. Robert Purifico, President, Deniation ImagiNation (DI), Glassboro, New Jersey; Ms. Marcia Brown, Hands On Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia; Mr. Paul R. Gudonis, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), Manchester, New Hampshire.
Introduction of the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Service (the GIVE) Act
On June 26, 2007, Representative Carolyn McCarthy, along with Representatives Todd Russell Plaits (R-PA), George Miller (D-CA), Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX), and Doris Matsui (D-CA), introduced H.R. 2857, the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Service Act, or the GIVE Act, a bill to reauthorize the national service laws.
Full Committee markup of H.R. 2857, the GIVE Act
On June 27, 2007, the Committee on Education and Labor considered H.R. 2857 in legislative session, and reported the bill favorably, as amended, to the House of Representatives. The roll call vote was 44-0, with 2 Members voting present. Representative McCarthy offered an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
The amendment in the nature of the substitute contains minor technical changes and the following additions to H.R. 2857:
- Restores eligibility for those participating at an institution of higher education in service-learning to earn a national service program education award;
- Allows State Commissions on National and Community Service (State Commissions) to participate in Subtitle B Part III;
- Authorizes additional use of funds under Subtitle B Part III for innovative and creative programs as described in 111(a) and gives the Corporation discretion to fund other creative and innovative programs as deemed appropriate;
- Permits high-school and college-age youth to enter into mentoring relationships under section 122(a)(17);
- Authorizes additional use of funds under Subtitle H Part II for the Corporation to fund other innovative programs as deemed appropriate;
- Includes a priority focus in training and technical assistance to those entities in rural areas and underserved communities;
- Clarifies in sections 200(4) and 200(5) of title II that low-income seniors are the service providers in the Foster Grandparent Programs and the Senior Companion Programs and earn a stipend as part of their service; and
- Permits the Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions programs to accept 15% non low-income seniors without payment of a stipend to provide services if the program is unable to recruit enough low-income volunteers.
The Committee adopted the following amendments:
1. An Amendment offered by Mr. Price (GA), accepted by unanimous consent. The amendment requires the Corporation to establish citizenship guidelines for grantees.
2. An Amendment offered by Mr. Hare (IL), passed by roll call vote, 45-0. The amendment establishes education programs on civic engagement and provides support to veterans and their families to participate in public service activities.
3. An Amendment offered by Mr. Kildee (MI), adopted by voice vote. The amendment requires States to develop a comprehensive plan for baby boomer and older adult participation in paid service.
4. An Amendment offered by Mr. Grijalva (AZ), adopted by voice vote. The amendment directs the newly created Office of Outreach and Recruitment to identify recruitment and training strategies for bilingual volunteers into the Senior Service Corps programs.
5. An Amendment offered by Mr. Sarbanes (MD), passed by roll call vote, 45-0. The amendment requires the Corporation to conduct a study to identify the specific areas of need for veterans as participants in and beneficiaries of the service programs administered by the Corporation.
6. An Amendment offered by Mr. Sestak (PA), adopted by voice vote. The amendment authorizes Senior Corp programs to accept donations.
7. An Amendment offered by Ms. Shea-Porter (NH), adopted by voice vote. The amendment provides the Corporation an additional $100,000 per state to increase the minimum amount of funding for small states.
8. An Amendment offered by Mr. Scott (VA) and Mr. Hare (IL), passed by roll call vote, 45-0. The amendment requires priority consideration for existing grantees in good standing in competition to remain in the RSVP program.
9. An Amendment offered by Mr. Yarmuth (KY), adopted by voice vote. The amendment authorizes the Director of the Corporation to establish time-banking models throughout the low-income and elderly communities.
10. An Amendment offered by Mr. Scott (VA), accepted by unanimous consent. The amendment authorizes an AmeriCorps program which has a focus on engaging court-involved youth and adults to reduce recidivism.
11. An Amendment offered by Mr. Scott (VA), accepted by unanimous consent. The amendment to Subtitle H, Innovative Model Program Support, introduces a program to re-engage court-involved youth and adults through service, which may include health and wellness programs. Priorities for grant applications include programs that create support structures for incarcerated youth and adults in correctional facilities and programs that include life skill training, education, career counseling and other supports.
12. An Amendment offered by Mr. Scott (VA), accepted by unanimous consent. This amendment authorizes a program in Subtitle H whose focus is on the recruitment and acceptance of court-involved youth as participants.
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