Update, April 21, 2009: President Obama signs the Serve America Act into law. To take effect October 1, 2009.
According to Voices For National Service, the House could send the National Service Bill to President Obama this week.
Monday and Tuesday of this week, the House of Representatives will consider the version of the national service legislation that was amended and passed last week by the Senate. The legislation goes by the names The GIVE Act and the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, and is also known as H.R. 1388.
If the House passes the bill, the legislation will be sent to President Obama to be signed into law.
The House is considering H.R. 1388 on the Suspension Calendar, and debate will be limited to 40 minutes. Under suspension, no one can further amend the bill, or recommit it to the House Labor and Education Committee where it originated. The bill must get a two-thirds super majority to pass.
Because the Senate’s bill is more costly than the original bill passed in the House, getting it through the House with a super majority may prove challenging.
Here’s hoping it passes! It’s exciting news…