Politico writer Ben Alder has two recent articles touching on National Service in relation to the presidential campaigns. The first, McCain is slow to gain young voters, is in regards to the youth vote, and how Clinton, McCain and Obama campaigned about issues that matter under-30 voters. While Clinton and Obama have referenced National Service on the stump (and off), McCain will be looking to push that issue during the general election, as he did in a recent speech in Columbus.
And McCain’s campaign aides and supporters believe he’ll appeal to young voters in another area: national service. “John McCain has constantly spoken to the need for young Americans to serve a cause greater than their self-interest,” Pounder wrote in an e-mail. “This is a call that John McCain will continue to make and engage young voters on.”
The second, Hopefuls’ education plans show divides, discusses National Service in the context higher education affordability. Thus far, this is another area that Clinton and Obama have discussed at greater length than Senator McCain.
Obama touts his requirement that those who receive a tuition tax credit perform 100 hours of community service. “Something that Sen. Obama feels strongly about is community service built into the tax credit,” said Higginbottom. “He always gets the biggest response from audiences for not just giving money away but asking people to serve.”
Clinton does not require community service but, like Obama, proposes to expand opportunities for receiving college aid in exchange for participating in a national service program such as AmeriCorps.
BREAKING… BREAKING… BREAKING…
This Friday, May 16th, U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT) will introduce the AmeriCorps Act of 2008.
The AmeriCorps Act of 2008 will:
- Raise the education Eli Segal Education Award from $4,725 to $6,185 and raise the award each subsequent year to represent the average cost of tuition and required fees at a 4-year public university;
- Make the education award tax exempt;
- Restore the Corporation’s previous authority to partner with other Federal agencies to use national service as a strategy to carry out Departments’ priorities; and,
- Promote the Corporation for National and Community Service to Cabinet level status.
Since inception in 1994, AmeriCorps has encouraged over 540,000 citizens to volunteer, serve, and address the unmet needs of our nation. These citizens have given over 700,000,000 hours toward improving the lives of other Americans.
Your phone call to Washington is critical to ensuring this legislation passes, so please call your Senators today to urge them to become original co sponsors. The deadline is tomorrow, Thursday at 4:00pm EST.
It will only take 2 minutes to call. Here is what you need to do:
- Call the Capitol Operator at (202) 224-3121 to be connected to your Senators.
- Ask your Senators to be original co-sponsors of the AmeriCorps Act of 2008.
- To co-sponsor, interested offices should contact Mary Ellen McGuire with Senator Dodd’s office by email: MaryEllen_McGuire@help.senate.gov. Deadline for co-sponsors is tomorrow, Thursday at 4:00pm.
- Build power in numbers – ask two other people in your state to call your Senators, as well. Three voices are louder than just one!
Thanks for taking action and helping to grow AmeriCorps!
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