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Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC



Mrs. BIGGERT. Mr. Chair, I rise today in strong support of H.R. 1338, the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education, or GIVE Act.

This important legislation will reauthorize AmeriCorps and other programs under the Corporation for National and Community Service. I was particularly pleased by the addition of new performance measures that will ensure that AmeriCorps funds go to organizations that are efficient and effective with taxpayers' dollars. Also, by using fixed grants and eliminating costly bureaucratic red tape, the GIVE Act will ensure that small organizations have an equal opportunity to obtain federal service funds, without compromising the accountability of the program.

Finally, I would like to applaud the addition of a veterans corps, which will dedicate a specific funding stream to organizations that assist veterans and their families. These brave men and women have served our country honorably, and we have a responsibility to help them in their transition back to civilian life.

I would like to thank Chairman Miller and Ranking Member McKeon for crafting a compromise bill that will receive broad, bipartisan support. It is my hope that this can be a model for cooperation on future legislation.

I urge my colleagues to support this bill.


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