Blog Archives for March 2009

Serve America passes!

March 31, 2009 The landmark piece of legislation that will expand national service passed in the House and will now move to President Obama for his signature. Read More

Serve America update

March 31, 2009 On Thursday the Senate passed the Serve America Act, which now goes back to the House for what proponents are hoping will be quick approval of the Senate's changes. See some of our updates from last week or visit Voices for National Service for more information. You can also sign the thank you letter to Congress for passing the GIVE and Serve America Acts. -Aaron

Amendments may undermine service – last chance to call!

March 26, 2009 The Senate is drawing closer to a vote on the Serve America Act and could be voting as soon as this evening. In the final stretch, several Senators have filed amendments that would undermine the Act and hurt our efforts to expand national service. Read More

Millionaire's amendment undermines service

March 26, 2009 Senator Coburn has proposed the Millionaire's Amendment to the Serve America Act. Click here for more information and talking points. Sen. Coburn's "millionaires amendment" will hurt families with small businesses.  Many "millionaires" run family businesses.  They have substantial money invested in items such as inventories, property, and other non-liquid assets. Read More

Promoting public interest law in China, conclusion

March 26, 2009 David returned from China last week and has posted this reflection of his trip. Read More

Summer Corps on Senate floor

March 26, 2009 Yesterday, Senator Dick Durbin from Illinois argued on behalf of the Serve America Act. In Illinois each year, 2.7 million volunteers dedicate 302 million hours of service.  In support of the bill, Sen. Durbin used examples of how service impacts the state.  One example he gave is of the Equal Justice Works Summer Corps program. He said:
Throughout Illinois, the Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Program provides crucial legal assistance to communities.
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The need for service - greater now than ever

March 25, 2009 A great post from the New Service on the necessity of service.

Yale Law School dean to depart?

March 25, 2009 Yale Daily News reported yesterday that Dean Harold Hongju Koh has been nominated by President Obama to serve as legal advisor to the State Department. If confirmed, Dean Koh joins former Harvard Law dean Elena Kagan in trading law school leadership for public service. -Aaron

Obama's student loan plan saves taxpayers $94 billion

March 25, 2009 President Obama's plan to do away with the Family Federal Education Loan Program and instead originate loans from the government's Direct Loan Program would save taxpayers $94 billion over 10 years, according to independent and nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office's analysis. The Obama administration in Read More

ServiceNation calls for support of national service legislation!

March 23, 2009 We are witnessing the beginning of a new era of national service.  Last week the U.S. House of Representatives passed the GIVE Act and this week its companion - the Serve America Act - will be voted on in the Senate. Read More

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