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G.I.V.E. Act/reauthorize & reform Service Act (H.R 250, H.R.1388)(S.277) all the same legislation

23 March, 2009

CORRECTION:  I misread the Congresional Record page number as a bill number.    My apologies for leading some of you on a wild goose chase looking for a phantom bill. (CR s3577)

S. 277 offered “in Senate  by Edward Kennedy 16 January 2009 “to amend the National and Community Service Act of 1990 to expand and improve opportunities for service, and for other purposes.”  (thomas.gov)

H.R.1388 offered in House by Carolyn McCarthy on 9 March 2009 “To reauthorize and reform the national service laws.”   18 March and sent to Senate.

H.R. 1388 “Received in the Senate on 19 March 2009. Read twice. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar…” Sen. Reid asked for cloture to be voted on  Monday 23 March 2009 at 6.p.m.  Bill number is now S 3577.

23 Monday 2009 “The Senate agreed Monday to take up legislation to triple the size of the AmeriCorps program and open up opportunities for more people to serve their communities. (AP, from Yahoo)

WOW, are we confused by all this?  Well, they are trying aren’t they?

According to the AP story

WASHINGTON – The Senate agreed Monday to take up legislation to triple the size of the AmeriCorps program and open up opportunities for more people to serve their communities.

Lawmakers voted 74-14 to move to the legislation that would expand AmeriCorps from its current 75,000 positions to 250,000 over the course of eight years. Sixty votes were needed to bring the bill to the floor. The measure is expected to come up for a final vote in the Senate sometime this week.

Notice that the story does not name the bill directly and gives credit to  Kennedy.  At the bottom of the page there is a reference to two bills, but not s3577. Everyone try to keep an eye on this bill; it might change numbers and it will definitely try to slip by us.

That’s all I found tonight; more when I can get it.

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