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House Proceeding 03-18-09 on Mar 18th, 2009 :: 0:01:35 to 0:06:05
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George Miller

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George Miller: gentleman from california, mr. mckeon, each will control 30 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. miller. mr. miller: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend. the speaker pro teore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. miller: today we consider legislation that is vital to the spirit of america and the fuhr. a few weeks ago president obama called on congress to quickly

George Miller

0:01:35 to 0:06:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: George Miller

George Miller

0:01:46 to 0:02:06( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: deliver legislation that will launch a new era of american service. today the house will answer that call. the give act will help our country get through these crises and recognize its service is a deeply ingrained and deeply valued american trait. i want to thank the -- all my colleagues on the committee on both sides of the aisle for

George Miller

0:02:07 to 0:02:27( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: their support of this legislation. we consider this bill at a time when our nation faces enormous challenges, families are losing jobs, health care, childcare, and other key services. schools and colleges are seeing their budgets evaporate. our public needs are growing while resources to meet them are disappearing. this americans part of the solution

George Miller

0:02:28 to 0:02:48( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: in getting our country back on track. service is the lifeblood of this country. we have seen this throughout our history. in times of crises, americans stand up, americans give back. we saw it during world war i and ii, we see it when the red cross helps soldiers and families, and later relief efforts during the great depression.

George Miller

0:02:49 to 0:03:09( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: we saw this after 9/11 when our citizens young and old sprung into action to help their fellow neighbors. we saw it in the wake of hurricane katrina and rita when volunteers on the ground were there before the federal government. we -- they were beacons of hope amidst serious despair. today volunteers continue to play a huge role in gulf coast relief efforts.

George Miller

0:03:10 to 0:03:30( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: we have seen in my state of california whe were ravaged by floods, earthquakes, and wildfires. we saw it this last june in the floods that devastated homes and businesses in southeast iowa. even before the storms came, volunteers were there. to date americorps has

George Miller

0:03:31 to 0:03:51( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: coordinated over 800,000 volunteer hours in identify wafment volunteers play many roles. they teach in our classrooms, clean up or trails and public lands, they build and weatherize homes. they shelter the homeless, feed the hungry. that's what americans do for one another. that's what americans do in the name of service. they learn skills, they teach others those skills so they

George Miller

0:03:52 to 0:04:14( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: cannot only participate with habitat for humanity but develop a career ladder in the construction trades. they pass on those skills to others inommunities so communities can help build stronger communities and better homes toe weatherized, to be energy efficient. they tutor our children. they mentor students in school.

George Miller

0:04:15 to 0:04:37( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: . they help our communities they build you are communities, they strengthen our communities. we've seen them come from all walks of life, from young students who want to give to their community to senior citizens who continue to take the skills and talents from their working life and repay trat them back to the -- pe

George Miller

0:04:38 to 0:04:58( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: re-pay trait them back -- repatriate them back to the community. our generation was called on by president kennedy to do this, this generation is called on by president obama to do this. this is what strengthens our communities, this is what builds our communities, this is what makes america, amica. people do it, some for a small

George Miller

0:04:59 to 0:05:19( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: stipend, some for educational benefit, some for free. they come from all different places on the compass to help americans in our communities. there's a huge focus in this legislation on -- from middle school to senior citizens to tying this to a benefit for education, so young students in middle schools canarn a small bit of educational benefit they can redeem when they go to

George Miller

0:05:20 to 0:05:40( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: community college or the university and for young people who work full time at americorps, they can earn a stipend of almost $4,700 or $4,800 they can redeem to help pay for their college education. senior citizens, too, can get a stipend and get help for education if they want to co

George Miller

0:05:41 to 0:06:01( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: so it's very important piece, it's about american values, it's about the value of education, about the value of americans helping one another. it's about how we treat our communities. that's what americorps has done. we have an organization that's been building homes and building homes in louisiana after hurricane katrina in st.

George Miller

0:06:02 to 0:06:06( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: bernard parish and today they welcome their 200th family back to a home.

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