WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer released the following statement today upon House passage of the Senator Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act:
“Today, the House passed the Senator Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which will create outlets for service so people of all ages can contribute to our nation’s recovery. A top priority of President Obama, this legislation will increase the size of the AmeriCorps program, create new service opportunities to volunteer in fields such as clean energy and education, and provide the greatest expansion in national service since the days of John F. Kennedy.
“As we continue to address the challenges facing our nation, it is a testament to our national spirit that we make available the resources to allow Americans the opportunity to give back to their communities. I commend the House for passing this important legislation, applaud Americans for their self-sacrifice in contributing to their country during these difficult times, and look forward to sending this important legislation to the President for his signature.”