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H.R. 1388: GIVE Act Passes Senate

Posted by Glezele Vayne on March 27, 2009


This post is verbatim what arrived in my mailbox.  It looks like a post cobbled together from various blogs and comments.  — Ellie

Tamar Yonah of Arutz Sheva weighs in (the comments are good too!)

Hat tip: friends who email me and Atlas Shrugs

Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act or the GIVE Act PASSES! (more here)(1) the School-Based and Community-Based Service-Learning programs and Higher Education Innovative Programs for Community Service (Learn and Serve programs); (2) National Service Trust programs (AmeriCorps); (3) the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC); and (4) the Investment for Quality and Innovation program. Eliminates the current Community-Based Learn and Serve programs. Establishes two new Learn and Serve programs: (1) Campuses of Service, which provides funds to institutions of higher education to develop or disseminate exemplary service-learning programs that assist their students’ pursuit of public service careers; and (2) Innovative Service-Learning Programs and Research, which funds community service-learning opportunities for elementary and secondary, college, and graduate students as well as research into service-learning. Includes among eligible AmeriCorps programs: (1) an Education Corps to address unmet educational needs; (2) a Healthy Futures Corps to address unmet health needs; (3) a Clean Energy Corps to address unmet environmental needs; and (4) a Veterans Corps to address the unmet needs of veterans and their families. Creates AmeriCorps Opportunity Corps programs that include certain existing programs and new programs to: (1) increase community access to technology; (2) engage citizens in public safety, health, and emergency preparedness services; (3) mentor youth; (4) reduce recidivism by re-engaging court-involved youth; and (5) support the needs of veterans or active duty service members and their families. Establishes an Education Awards Only program authorizing the Corporation for National and Community Service (Corporation) to provide fixed-amount grants to programs that have approved national service positions, but no AmeriCorps funding. Sets the National Service educational awards for full-time AmeriCorps, NCCC, and Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) participants at a level equal to the maximum available Pell Grant available to students under the Higher Education Act of 1965. Includes among needs to be met under the NCCC program, disaster relief, infrastructure improvement, environmental and energy conservation, and urban and rural development. Requires states to develop comprehensive plans for volunteer and paid service by Baby Boomers and older adults. Directs the Corporation to plan pilot programs to: (1) better target and serve displaced workers; and (2) establish a centralized electronic citizenship verification system which would allow the Corporation to share employment eligibility information with the Department of Education. Authorizes the Corporation to treat September 11th annually as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Establishes within the Investment for Quality and Innovation program: (1) a ServeAmerica Fellowships program providing fellowships to individuals chosen by states to participate in service projects addressing certain areas of national need; (2) a Silver Scholarship Grant Program providing scholarships to individuals age 55 or older who complete at least 500 hours of service in a year in an area of national need; and (3) an Encore Fellowships program providing one-year fellowships to individuals age 55 or older who serve in areas of national need and receive training to transition to public service employment. Makes ServeAmerica fellows eligible for national service educational awards. Authorizes the Corporation to provide grants to innovative and model service programs, including those for disadvantaged youth, youth under age 17, and potential recidivists. Eliminates federal funding for the Points of Light Foundation. Revises under DVSA: (1) the VISTA program; and (2) the Senior Corps, including the Retired and Senior Volunteer program (RSVP), the Foster Grandparent program, and the Senior Companion program. Gives priority in VISTA participant selection to disadvantaged youth and retired adults of any profession. Authorizes new VISTA grant programs of national significance that provide poor and rural communities with: (1) services reintegrating formerly incarcerated individuals into society; (2) financial literacy and planning; (3) before-school and after-school services; (4) community economic development initiatives; (5) assistance to veterans and their families; and (6) health and wellness services. Eliminates the VISTA Literacy Corps, University Year for VISTA, and Literacy Challenge Grant programs. Raises the minimum and maximum stipend provided to VISTA participants. Prioritizes RSVP projects in specified areas. Makes anyone 55 years of age or older eligible as Senior Corps volunteers. Provides, under the Senior Corps demonstration program, incentive matching grants to Senior Corps programs that exceed specified performance measures, enroll most of their volunteers in outcome-based service programs, and increase their enrollment of Baby Boomer volunteers. Expresses the sense of the Congress that the number of AmeriCorps, VISTA, and NCCC participants should reach 250,000 by 2014. Congressional Commission on Civic Service Act – Establishes a Congressional Commission on Civic Service to provide recommendations to Congress on improving opportunities for individuals to volunteer or perform national service.

Any Republican who voted for this slave legislation should have his ass kicked out of the party. It’s the same two traitors who wanted the bailout bankruptcy of America:



Sen. Susan Collins [R, ME] Aye
Sen. Olympia Snowe [R, ME] Aye

Sen. Michael Enzi [R, WY] Abstain

The “Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act” (GIVE act). HR 1388 has just passed the  Senate.

In the bill, Obama sets up the mechanics that he passed in the Stimulus Package for his volunteer operations – including setting up a government funded corporation with a Board of Directors and CEO. What is frightening is the tentacles that this will entail as all agencies need to create positions for these volunteers. Yada … yada .. I could go on as how he has tied his FEMA Scheme for the Civilian Security Defense Force into this legislation, but now they’re called “National Volunteer Reserve Corps.” This creates images of the Peace Corps, but it is something far more sinister. In addition, the legislation is targeting foster kids, disadvantaged teens and more specifically BLACK colleges and universities. Reading the provisions, it smacks of a program tailor-made for ACORN. It is a bill that has reverse discrimination all over it as it is NOT designed for middle-class Americans to benefit from – regardless of your race. But this is NOT what has piffed me off.

The GIVE Act has 12 amendments. The one I am outraged over is House Amendment 49. It reads: “H.Amdt49 Pass Amendment to prohibit organizations from attempting to influence legislation; organize or engage in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes; and assist, promote, or deter union organizing.”

If I read that right, your First Amendment rights of Free Speech just were legislated out the door. ( Kalani in the Atlas comments section here)

I blogged on it when it passed the house here: House Passes Mandatory Service Bill. Here are your heroes:



Sen. Lamar Alexander [R, TN] Nay
Sen. John Barrasso [R, WY] Nay
Sen. Robert Bennett [R, UT] Nay
Sen. Christopher Bond [R, MO] Nay
Sen. Samuel Brownback [R, KS] Nay
Sen. Jim Bunning [R, KY] Nay
Sen. Richard Burr [R, NC] Nay
Sen. Saxby Chambliss [R, GA] Nay
Sen. Thomas Coburn [R, OK] Nay
Sen. Thad Cochran [R, MS] Nay
Sen. Bob Corker [R, TN] Nay
Sen. John Cornyn [R, TX] Nay
Sen. Michael Crapo [R, ID] Nay
Sen. Jim DeMint [R, SC] Nay
Sen. John Ensign [R, NV] Nay
Sen. Lindsey Graham [R, SC] Nay
Sen. Charles Grassley [R, IA] Nay
Sen. Judd Gregg [R, NH] Nay
Sen. Orrin Hatch [R, UT] Nay
Sen. Kay Hutchison [R, TX] Nay
Sen. James Inhofe [R, OK] Nay
Sen. John Isakson [R, GA] Nay
Sen. Mike Johanns [R, NE] Nay
Sen. Jon Kyl [R, AZ] Nay
Sen. Richard Lugar [R, IN] Nay
Sen. Mel Martinez [R, FL] Nay
Sen. John McCain [R, AZ] Nay
Sen. Mitch McConnell [R, KY] Nay
Sen. Lisa Murkowski [R, AK] Nay
Sen. James Risch [R, ID] Nay
Sen. Pat Roberts [R, KS] Nay
Sen. Jefferson Sessions [R, AL] Nay
Sen. Richard Shelby [R, AL] Nay
Sen. Arlen Specter [R, PA] Nay
Sen. John Thune [R, SD] Nay
Sen. David Vitter [R, LA] Nay
Sen. George Voinovich [R, OH] Nay
Sen. Roger Wicker [R, MS] Nay

Who Dared to vote off the Alinsky Reservation?

Democrats Voting ‘Nay’



Sen. Robert Casey [D, PA] Nay
Sen. Kent Conrad [D, ND] Nay
Sen. Ben Nelson [D, NE] Nay

Legislation for O-mao’s army is in place.

Obama’s Brownshirts: “We’re looking for supporters,” “We’re not looking for a fight. That will come later, when we have an army.”

Every American a ‘Volunteer’ American Thinker

You can read the final version of the House bill here. The legislation is a long string of amendments to existing laws that make it almost impossible to understand. (Really. This legislation is incomprehensible. I challenge you to click on this link and try to read the bill.)

There appears to be little volunteerism and almost no education in the bill.  But there are a lot of make-work government jobs for doing God only knows what.


‘(a) Required National Service Corps- The recipient of a grant under section 121(a) and each Federal agency operating or supporting a national service program under section 121(b) shall, directly or through grants or subgrants to other entities, carry out or support the following national service corps, as full- or part-time corps, including during the summer months, to address unmet educational, health, veteran, or environmental needs.

In case you missed it that says “Required National Service Corps.”
And the authorized benefits for these “volunteers” reads a lot like the workers’ allotments for a “people’s republic” to me:

(a) In general
The Director shall provide for members of the Civilian Community Corps to receive benefits authorized by this section.(b) Living allowance
The Director shall provide a living allowance to members of the Corps for the period during which such members are engaged in training or any activity on a Corps project. The Director shall establish the amount of the allowance at any amount not in excess of the amount equal to 100 percent of the poverty line that is applicable to a family of two (as defined by the Office of Management and Budget and revised annually in accordance with section 9902 (2) of this title.[1]

(c) Other authorized benefits
While receiving training or engaging in service projects as members of the Civilian Community Corps, members may be provided the following benefits:

(1) Allowances for travel expenses, personal expenses, and other expenses.
<(2) Quarters.
(3) Subsistence.
<(4) Transportation.
5) Equipment.
<(6) Clothing.
(7) Recreational services and supplies.
(8) Other services determined by the Director to be consistent with the purposes of the Program.

Does that read like a voluntary program for, say, cleaning up the neighborhood? Or does it seem more like directions for funding a labor camp?That America’s young people are not up in arms at the very idea of this bill demonstrates how ill-informed, or brain washed, the graduates of our public education system have become.

From Schmoozing with Elya & Ellie Katz

5 Responses to “H.R. 1388: GIVE Act Passes Senate”

  1. Todd McElmurry said

    I have followed this Bill as well and have pleaded with my representatives to vote “No”, which fortunately they did. You mention the part about stripping away our Freedom of Speech, that’s only a part of it. If you read further in to that section it also prevents “Volunteers” or Instructors of the programs from practicing or speaking of their religous beliefs while in the program. It is so broad in it’s language that I’m surprised anyone let this pass. It is definitely the back bone that administration will use to create Obama’s much spoken of “National Civil Security State”. It’s going to start out small, offering wonderful benefits to young people and retired individuals who want to get extra income and feel a part of something, but it’s a trap, plain and simple. I just hope the American people read the fine print when they are signing up for these Corps. I can’t believe after all we’ve been thru over the past couple of weeks with AIG and the likes that the House and Senate would give the power to the Government to create a Corporation, we’ve seen how that much power in one Company can go awry. If people want to help their communities, just get out there and help, don’t fall prey to lies.

    • elyakatz said


      Hello Todd,

      There is a view out there that there are actually two parallel governments on each level. For example, there is the de facto federal government, and the de jure federal government. The de jure federal government is the one that operates within the bounds of the federal constitution, but the de fact government is actually a corporate entity, and does not necessarily operate within those bounds. This view says the de fact government has usurped most of the de jure governments functions, going back from the civil war period.

      This theory of current government extends to every single level of our government, down to the local municipality.

      I don’t know if the theory is accurate, and I may not be doing it justice, as I barely have a grasp on it. But if it is, then those in charge creating corporate entities is nothing new.

  2. heart said

    Does anyone have a link to the absolute *final* bill as passed by the Senate? I keep running up against hysterical .. persons… that insist Section 102 (mandatory service-learning and 90% participation in elementary and secondary schools) was struck. I find links to the version ‘sent’ to the Senate and, as it was fast-tracked, I assume that that is the same as passed by the Senate but that’s not good enough for some… people. …:sigh:…

    Now we get to watch the ‘foster home’ for the language (mandatory service) that was struck… H.R. 1444.


  3. avideditor said

    I still will believe it only when I see it. I do not think the American people are going to fall for the mandatory “volunteer” service. I have been wrong in the past about how low the American people would go, like electing Obama. So who knows.

    • elyakatz said


      Right now, it’s not mandatory, but there is language within the bill that discusses the future possibility. Yvonne, a commentator at the Tamar Yonah blog has written, according to her understanding, that one way for Americans to work off student loans would be to participate.

      It’s not something to panic about, in my opinion, just something to follow very closely.

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