STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY PRAISING THE HOUSE PASSAGE OF THE SERVE AMERICA ACT
Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, today released the following statement in response to the passage of the Serve America Act by the House of Representatives. The bill is the most sweeping expansion of the nation's service programs in 16 years, and was developed by Senators Edward M. Kennedy and Orrin Hatch in the Senate as well as Senators Barbara Mikulski and Michael B. Enzi.
"Today's House vote again demonstrates the high priority Congress gives to encouraging citizens of all ages in all communities across America to participate in public service. This legislation will enable many more Americans to do something for their country to meet the many challenges facing us. I look forward to the President signing this bill into law so that a welcome new era of national and community service can begin."