WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act into law:
“By signing the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act into law today, President Obama is opening up service opportunities to Americans across this nation. During this time of economic crisis, many Americans want to give back and help their local communities emerge from this recession stronger. This bill offers everyone, young and old alike, the chance to be part of our economic recovery.
“The Serve America Act is the largest expansion of national service since the days of President John F. Kennedy. It triples the size of AmeriCorps from 75,000 to 250,000, and creates new volunteer opportunities in a wide variety of fields including clean energy and education. As one of many who was called to public service by President Kennedy years ago, I am proud that the mantle of service and volunteerism is being passed on to a new generation.”