The House bill sets a goal of having 250,000 yearly participants in such programs by 2014; the Senate bill says there should be that many national service positions by 2017. “RSVP: Lead with Experience” Operations Handbook, June 2008.
About 75,000 adults participate in Ameri Corps each year now; there are 4 million people total in various national community service programs, according to Ameri Corps.
Compulsory education laws require children to attend a public or state-accredited private school for a certain period of time.
Some e-mails and conservative Web sites say it requires the government to draw up plans for a “mandatory service requirement for all able young people.” Others say the bill forbids participants from attending church. Neither the House-passed bill nor the Senate-passed version says these things. Kennedy Serve America Act" in the Senate, the legislation reauthorizes and expands established national service programs including VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) and the National Civilian Community Corps, both of which are Ameri Corps programs. “A Guide for Ameri Corps Members.” Corporation for National & Community Service.I’ll note there is no real financial burden on the families here; the county provides free vaccinations., there have been 98 cases of pertussis in Forsyth county this year, including six infants.Really needing an article from you guys on this new proposed legislation H. I have also received e-mails saying that service would still be voluntary and that the bill is just expanding current volunteer opportunities. There is a lot of confusion out there right now regarding this very important legislation and was hoping you guys could shed some light. It passed the House a week later by a vote of 321 – 105, with nearly all Democrats and 70 Republicans supporting it. House Republicans who approved of the bill said in the House committee report: "[W]e applaud the inclusion of reforms that Committee Republicans have long championed to ensure that recipients of taxpayer funds are held accountable for results. I have been getting all kinds of e-mails from people claiming that bill calls for mandatory service and in violation of our 13th amendment , and that I should call my congressman and tell them that this bill is modern day slavery. Orrin Hatch, a cosponsor of the Senate legislation, called it "probably the most bipartisan bill we will see on the Senate floor this year." For the record, 22 Republicans voted yes, and 19 – the only senators who opposed the bill – voted no.