111th Congress

During the 111th Congress, the Serve America Act was renamed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. The legislation reauthorized the Corporation for National and Community Service and its programs to create new opportunities for Americans of all ages to serve, increase efficiency and accountability, support social innovation, strengthen the nation’s volunteer infrastructure, and help usher in a new generation of service for America.

111th Congress: Reauthorization of the Corporation for National and Community Service and Expansion of National Service Programs

The Serve America Act, S. 277, legislation to reauthorize and strengthen the national service laws, was introduced by Senators Kennedy and Hatch on Jan. 16, 2009. On March 26, 2009, the Senate voted 79-19 to pass national service reauthorization legislation, naming the bill the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.

The Generations Invigorating Volunteering and Education (GIVE) Act, H.R. 1388, a bipartisan reauthorization bill, was introduced on March 10, 2009. On March 11, 2009, the House Committee on Education and Labor approved the GIVE Act by a vote of 34-3.

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