H.R. 5563: Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act

The main purpose of the GIVE Act was to reauthorize appropriations for AmeriCorps and streamline its organization.

To view the text of the Bill click here.

To view the voting record for the Bill in the US House of Representatives click here.

Despite strong bipartisan support, the Bill came up 3 votes short of the necessary (2/3) required to pass on the floor of the House.  In this instance (2/3) was necessary because of a motion to suspend the rules and compel a vote.

Americans for a National Service Act issued this statement to Congress via the Education & Labor Committee following the vote.

"Despite the support of a large bipartisan majority in Congress, the GIVE Act did not pass today because there are still some individuals who do not fully understand how crucial proactive citizenship is to the health of democracy.  It's been over 6 years since 9-11, and if there's one thing that most of us can agree on it is that we as a Nation need to do more.  We need to do more if we are going to continue the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  We need to do more for the environment and responding to natural disasters.  We need to do more to educate our young people.  We need to do more for security here at home, and we need to do more to integrate newcomers into our society.  Ultimately, the only sustainable way to accomplish all of these things without curtailing our freedoms is to get the American people off the sidelines and directly involved, just like our grandparents did during World War II.  So we ask those Members of Congress who did not vote in support today, if today is not the day when you will take a stand in restoring power and responsibility to the American people, when will you take a stand?" 
 
ANSA, 3/12/2008