Ask Congress to Support HR 5563 (The GIVE Act)
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Vote On GIVE Act Postponed to Wednesday
Your Calls Are Still Important for Passage of the Bill
Last night the House debated the GIVE Act (H.R. 5563) with several Members of Congress expressing strong support for the bill. Final passage of the bill was postponed, but Members of Congress are expected to vote on the bill Wednesday.
To express support for the bill before today's vote, we strongly encourage you to call your Congressman. A phone call to your legislator is the most timely and recommended means of communication to your legislator in advance of today's vote.
Please let your elected leaders know that there is a high level of interest in strengthening national service programs and we need their support.
HOW TO CALL THE MEMBERS OF YOUR CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION
1. If you need help determining who represents your district visit www.house.gov
2. Call the House Operator at (202) 225-3121 and ask to be connected to the office of your representative.
3. Once connected, identify yourself as a constituent and ask to speak to the staff person in charge of national service and education issues. A MESSAGE TO DELIVER BY PHONE
I want my Congressperson to vote for the GIVE Act (H.R. 5563), legislation to reauthorize the federally-supported national service programs: AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America, and Senior Corps.
Volunteerism and service are delivering enormous benefits to the nation. These national service programs have broad community support and they are helping to address critical needs in our community. The GIVE Act builds upon the successful work being done in communities across the nation by members of AmeriCorps, VISTA, Senior Corps and Learn and Serve America.
This is a bipartisan bill. It is non-controversial and the White House supports the legislation. I ask that my Congressperson vote in favor of the GIVE Act.