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Senate Proceeding 03-24-09 on Mar 24th, 2009 :: 1:15:25 to 1:21:55
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Orrin Hatch

1:15:25 to 1:15:46( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: quorum call: mr. hatch: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from consent the call of the quorum be dispensed. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. hatch: thank you, mrpresident. i want to take a moment to discuss the role of the state service commission under this bill and the existing national service system. one thing that was very importt to me when we drafted the legislation was to make sure

Orrin Hatch

1:15:25 to 1:21:55( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Orrin Hatch

Orrin Hatch

1:15:47 to 1:16:07( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: the states were given a primary role in the program so we have 50 state laboratories using the program. we didn't want to just as federal bureaucracy. time and time again it has been shown that state governments are mo responsive, and with the needs of their communities and with this bil we will put that resource to good use.

Orrin Hatch

1:16:08 to 1:16:28( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: for those who don't know, state service commissions are governor-appointed public agencies or nonprofit organizations made up of more than 1,100 commissioners, private citizens helping lead the nation's philanthropic vement. the 52 state service commissions

Orrin Hatch

1:16:29 to 1:16:49( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: currently grant more than million in americorps funds and initiatives with state or private funds to support citizen service and voluntarism in america. in utah this role is filled by the utah commission on volunteers. which is overseen by our lieutenant governor, the

Orrin Hatch

1:16:50 to 1:17:15( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: lieutenant governor named gary herbert overseeing the work of 8,000 utahans who participate in these programs. they learn and serve and senior corps programs to mention a few. this will triple the o and programming for commissions over the course of the next five

Orrin Hatch

1:17:16 to 1:17:37( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: from 75,000 to 250,000. effective grants, oversight, and planning by commissions is essential to the integrity of these new programs. the state commissions administer five new corps, five grant competitions,-and-and the serve america fellows program, an individual placement program, that will be very

Orrin Hatch

1:17:38 to 1:18:01( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: administratively intensive but vital to get members communities and small organizations. increasingly, state commissions take the lead role of managing volunteers and donations in response to natural which has been particularly important in the gulf coast hurricane

Orrin Hatch

1:18:02 to 1:18:22( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: flood relief. ed iowa commissions on volunteer service set up eight centers, increasing traditional volunteers in the historic flooding and tornadoes of last summer. those centers connected over 800,000 volunteer hours to

Orrin Hatch

1:18:23 to 1:18:43( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: families that called in for help. the centers were the central points for deployment for faith-based groups, schools and businesses that sent volunteers to help. americorps members often led teams of unaffiliated volunteers after traing them to gut and

Orrin Hatch

1:18:44 to 1:19:06( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: muck outhouses as well as clear the debris that littered the iowa landscape. this effort was valued at over $13 million by fema in savings to the taxpayers and it is still going on today. in fact, two of the centers are run for the rebuilding phase and over 1,000 americorps members

Orrin Hatch

1:19:07 to 1:19:29( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: will help support this massive -- these massive rebuilding efforts of this past summer. i think it's clear that the state service commissions are up to the task of overseeing much of the work that will be done under the serve america act. and i certainly will be glad to see them take on this much larger role that this bill will give them the opportunity to do.

Orrin Hatch

1:19:30 to 1:19:51( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: one reason our eco so well in the past and one reason why we have a federal republic that has lasted all these years is because we recognize that with these 50 states we have 50 state laboratories to test out these programs. then we can pick and choose which ones are the most successful and why.

Orrin Hatch

1:19:52 to 1:20:12( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: and it's a great thick to have them competing against each other,etting examples for each other, opening doors for each other. there's a lot to that but this bill basically turns over the effective running of all of these funds to state representatives and to volunteer movements. and commissions.

Orrin Hatch

1:20:13 to 1:20:33( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: state service commissions, if you will. we will we have already learned a lot from this but we will learn more. as we move toward volunteers under this program that will be extended to probably at least seven or eight

Orrin Hatch

1:20:34 to 1:20:55( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: million more volunteers, none o whom will be paid forgiving this type of service, as least the seven or eight million -- we do pay people small stipends, less than the minimum wage, less than poverty level -- but that extrapolates into as many as seven million people and maybe

Orrin Hatch

1:20:56 to 1:21:16( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: even more -- we hope more -- who will actually to the government, and save trillions of dollars over the years. this is a very, very, a conservative program, in many resp and it's a liberal program in the sense that it helps so many people and conservatives want to help all these people, too, so i

Orrin Hatch

1:21:17 to 1:21:40( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: guess the best thing to say, it is neither conservative or liberal but it has the best instinct together in the best interests of helping their fellow men, women and children in this great country. absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

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