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Senate Proceeding 03-24-09 on Mar 24th, 2009 :: 1:51:00 to 2:14:40
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Orrin Hatch

1:50:56 to 1:51:16( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: borrowing, and taxing and let america work. mr. presid yield back. the presiding officer: the senator from mr. hatch: mr. president, almost every group that the distinguished senator from

Orrin Hatch

1:51:00 to 2:14:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Orrin Hatch

Orrin Hatch

1:51:17 to 1:51:38( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: carolina has mentioned is helped by them want this bill. this bill i the states?x. and i agree with the senator, they do better than anybody else. listening close to today's

Orrin Hatch

1:51:39 to 1:51:59( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: debate, i want to focus on the economic case for national and community service to articulate why the serve america act makes sense from an economic standpoint. and to highlight were the bill will generate a good return on investment when the country and so many individuals need it most. in today's environment, every bill must be viewed through an economic lens.

Orrin Hatch

1:52:00 to 1:52:23( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: what role does legislation play in fueling our economic recovery? how can we cost-efficiently make gornment a partner with the private and nonprofit sectors? how can we ensure we support efforts that are effective and shut down those that are not? what are the short- and long

Orrin Hatch

1:52:24 to 1:52:44( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: term effect effects of what we do sn? in the wake of the downturn, senior centers, soup kitchens, nursing homes, nursery schools and other nonprofit organizations serving the vulnerable have seen a threefold cris as the markets have fallen, wealth has evaporated and decimated charitable donations. i don't agree with the

Orrin Hatch

1:52:45 to 1:53:06( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: president's recommendation to cut back on the tax benefits to those who give to charity and i don't think anybody else in the congress is going to agree with that. but that's -- you know, they're looking for ways of putting a budget together that doesn't go completely off the charts, i guess. but we're not going to do that i don't believe. the state and local budget crunch has hit the nonprofit

Orrin Hatch

1:53:07 to 1:53:28( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: sector especially hard and the human need for institutions is skyrocketi their resources are shrinking. one report called it america's -- quote -- "cry et crisis." i believe that we're here -- that we in the senate should give this cris more public attention and ensure civil society, that our nation's

Orrin Hatch

1:53:29 to 1:53:51( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: -- on the on our nation's volunteers which are the bedrock of efforts to meet needs in our country remain strong. we need to help americans opportunities to do good works in hard research has uncovered disturbing evidence of civil societiesociety's growing troubles. churches deliver social services

Orrin Hatch

1:53:52 to 1:54:12( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: to the p our country depends on faith-based needs that they are uniquely equipped to meet, far better than distant government bureaucracies. unfortunately, churches raise $3 billion to $5 billion less

Orrin Hatch

1:54:13 to 1:54:33( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: articulated in the last quarter -- tha anticipated, i should say, in the last quarter of 2008. crippling crippling efforts to keep pace in growing humanitarian needs. other nonprofit shrinking. chicago's meals on wheels which delivers meals to homebound seniors trimmed its budt by

Orrin Hatch

1:54:34 to 1:54:55( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: 35% and half ofll michigan nonprofits say their financial support has dropped. i might add, meals an wheels is a federal program. it wasn't exist but for that support from the federal government but it is handled on the local level, where it's handled very well and works very well. these trends are occurring just

Orrin Hatch

1:54:56 to 1:55:17( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: as need for help is rising. the united way call centers saw a 68% increase over the past year in the number of calls for basic needs such as securing food, shelter and warm clothing and is receiving 10,000 to 15,000 more calls every month

Orrin Hatch

1:55:18 to 1:55:38( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: than in 2007. lornell cosey recently visited my office to talk about increasing needs in my own home state of utah. the top three reasons people die -- dial 211 in utah to reach the united way call center is for emergency food assistance followed by health care and

Orrin Hatch

1:55:39 to 1:55:59( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: housing needs. in the past six months, calls requesting food assistance have doubled and food pantry visits by utah families are up at least 30%. i can imagine what that is in other states. we in utah generally take care of our people. i might add, my own

Orrin Hatch

1:56:00 to 1:56:21( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: church welfare plan. no one in my fai should go without food -- the necessary food, clothing and shelter. and yet we've had all of these calls, up 30%. you can imagine what it'll be in other states that don't have all of the things that we have there. most of the people served are the working poor, but many families are seeking assistance

Orrin Hatch

1:56:22 to 1:56:43( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: for the first time. these people were contributors and are now recipients. at alarming rates, needs are growing in utah and across the nation. ah. addressing this quiet crisis in our civil society is of jobs, not just chaimplet the nonprofit sector accounts for 5% of g.d.p. and 11% of the

Orrin Hatch

1:56:44 to 1:57:04( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: american workforce with 9.4 million employees, 4.7 million volunteers nationwide. for pspective, the nonprofit sector is greater thank the auto and financial sectors combined. it contributes $322 billion in wages and its workforce outnumbers the combined

Orrin Hatch

1:57:05 to 1:57:25( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: workforces of the utility, wholesale trade and construction industries. whawhat happens to our nonprof sector will have a big effect on our country, both from the standpoint of employment and meeting needs of the most vulnerable in our society. we spend a lot of time on the floor of the senate discussing ways to -- quote -- "bail out"

Orrin Hatch

1:57:26 to 1:57:46( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: industries and to get our economy moving again. i certainly have not agreed with the levels of spending and i worry about the long-term effects of our actions on the federal deficit and the national debt. i don't think many of our actions have been wise. in the short term and certainly not for the long term. thomas jefferson warned of the moral problem of leaving a

Orrin Hatch

1:57:47 to 1:58:08( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: crippling debt to future generations. with the changing demographics in this country and the growth of entitlements, we are setting our selves up for a fiscal cris significance, yet the economic debate is almost completely ignored the platoons of civil society. those individuals, volunteers,

Orrin Hatch

1:58:09 to 1:58:29( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: and nonprofit institutions in local communities that do most of the social work in our country to meet vital needs and do it at low cost to government and society. th of bailouts in our debates, let's just bail out this industry or that industry. we need to move from talk of bailouts to a spirit of chals

Orrin Hatch

1:58:30 to 1:58:51( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: challenge in our country. where is the personal responsibility? where is the support for efforts that truly enlist americans in local communities to step forward to lend aand? our answers are not going to be found in the federal government. our government can offer resources but it cannot love a needy child, offer the hand of compassion

Orrin Hatch

1:58:52 to 1:59:12( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: live independently in their homes with provide the deft human touch that gives hope in times of despair. sow so our gasts on this floor should no longer exclude our nonprofit sector and civil society and the citizens who stand ready to help in times of trouble; no sector, quite frankly, offers more bang for the buck and generates a better

Orrin Hatch

1:59:13 to 1:59:35( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: return on investments than investments in our nation's most precious asset: the talents and skills and enterprise of our people. let's first talk ab important task of getting americans to productive work. community and national serce efforts target two populations that have been hit particularly

Orrin Hatch

1:59:36 to 1:59:57( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: hard by the economic our nation's young people, including college graduates and older americans. while unemployment rose for all age groups during 2008, the increase was dramatic for america's young people. and we know from research that youth unemployment rates are a good barometer of the overall health of the economy since

Orrin Hatch

1:59:58 to 2:00:20( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: young people typically face the greatest difficulties in finding steady unemployment due to their lack of experience. by february of 2008, the unemployment rate had reached #.1%. -- 8.1%. the youth unemployment rate for individuals 16 to 19 years old was nearly triple that at 21.6%. in particular african-american

Orrin Hatch

2:00:21 to 2:00:41( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: youth were the most likely to be unemployed at a rate of more than 36%. remember during the great depression, we saw rates of unemployment for the adult population hovering around 25%. high rates of youth unemployment are detmental not jobless youth but to our economy as a whole. an individual who experiences

Orrin Hatch

2:00:42 to 2:01:02( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: early unemployment is more likely to have lower future earnings as well as repeated spells of joblessness. this is not the future we want for our young people. the demoralizing effects of long-term unemployment may lead to ris behavior such as crime and drug use. unemployment rates for college

Orrin Hatch

2:01:03 to 2:01:23( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: graduates are increasing. the college unemployment rate has broken the record for college graduates and some researchers predict the rate will exceed 5% in 2009. our economic troubles are not just affecting the young. many older americans are quickly finding themselves out of work.

Orrin Hatch

2:01:24 to 2:01:45( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: in january of 2009, 5.2% of workers 55 and older were unemployed, an increase of 63% from last year, with 1.5 million older workers now facing joblessness. in october of 2008, one out of every three jobless americans aged 55 and older had been out

Orrin Hatch

2:01:46 to 2:02:07( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: of work for at least 27 weeks. a decline in the value of retirement funds, nearly $3 trillion from america's tirement accounts over the past 14 months with the average american losing 34% on retirement holdings has forced many older americans to return to the job market. investing in community and

Orrin Hatch

2:02:08 to 2:02:28( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: national service to put america, particularly younger and older americans into productive work is a low-cost solution to find unemployment and a vital bridge to permanent higher-paying employment in the private sector. since the beginning of full-time and part-time national community service in 1993, an initiative which began with the commission

Orrin Hatch

2:02:29 to 2:02:49( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: on national and community service under president george herbert walker bush, more than 540,000 americans have tackled the nation's most challenging problems. not through government, but through an extensive network of nonprofit organations working at t local level.

Orrin Hatch

2:02:50 to 2:03:10( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: one of the nonprofits such as habitat for humanity that builds homes for low-income americans, teach for america, which sends bright teachers to the highest-need communities and city year, which puts young americans into productive work meeting needs in our nation's cities. every president george w. bush's commitment to ramp up national

Orrin Hatch

2:03:11 to 2:03:32( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: and community service through his u.s.a. freedom corps, after 9/11, our government has offered 75,000 opportunities to adults of all some government bureaucracy, but through nonprofit organizations created by thennovation of our people.

Orrin Hatch

2:03:33 to 2:03:53( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: these public spirited americans who give a year of their lives and service to community and country are given a bew-poverty monthly living stipend and receive a small award to help defray the cost of college at the end of their year ofervice. in addition to creating jobs at lower cost to government or the private sector, national and

Orrin Hatch

2:03:54 to 2:04:16( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: community service programs and membs leverage impressive resources communities. these 75,000 national service participants leveraged million traditional volunteers who receive nothing from government to work on beha of meeting the needs of the nation. as itated earlier, that is

Orrin Hatch

2:04:17 to 2:04:38( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: nearly a service members to traditional volunteers. in fact, this is the power of so many nonprofit partnerships today. it really bothers me when i hear comments like just recently been made here on the floor, like we're making government in everybody's lives.

Orrin Hatch

2:04:39 to 2:05:00( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: my gosh, we're providing a means of support for people without making it the minimum without giving them welfare, by helpin them become servants and servers to the community at a lower cost than ever before -- at a lower cost, let's put it that way. and millions serve without any pay at all.

Orrin Hatch

2:05:01 to 2:05:22( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: because of these programs, how can anybody find fault with these programs? imagine placing one national service member in a habitat for humanity bill. that individual who organizes the building project recruits, trains and puts to work volunteers, dozens of them at no co home after home rises to meet

Orrin Hatch

2:05:23 to 2:05:45( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: the needs of low-income americans. it's a great model and it's only about increasing the number of volunteers. in 2007 programs leveraged an impressive $231 million in financial resource to meet local needs. it is a successful model of a public-private partnersh where the private participationn the

Orrin Hatch

2:05:46 to 2:06:07( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: form of together outpaces the public. national service programs also have been shown to meet critical needs in communities. independent shown that teachers and teach for america have made greater gains in math among their students compared to other teachers. participants in citizen schools

Orrin Hatch

2:06:08 to 2:06:28( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: show higher schl student will stay on track to graduate from high school. and higher math and english grades in third graders working with experience corps members scored higher in reading and exhibited better behavior in children than -- than children in controlled school.

Orrin Hatch

2:06:29 to 2:06:50( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: african-american men are likely to have experienced more empl and score higher on measures of personal responsibility than members in a controlle 75% of former prarpbts in the -- participants in the youth build program, most of whom are high school dropouts, have found gainful employment, were going

Orrin Hatch

2:06:51 to 2:07:11( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: to school or were traing for jobs. research has also shown rticipants from youth corps programs were more likely to secure better employment after completing the service and that four members, particularly african-american and hispanic males had higher wages than their peers not in the program. these are the programs we're helping here.

Orrin Hatch

2:07:12 to 2:07:32( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: these are the programs that are doing all this free work for america. these are the programs that are making a difference in the lives of our children and our families. these are the programs that enlist seniors who would like to give back to the community. my gosh, how can the argument be made that these programs

Orrin Hatch

2:07:33 to 2:07:55( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: shouldn't be in effect? the economic benefits of traditional volunteering are also significant. in 2007, more than 60 million americans, or more than 26% of the adult population ove 16, gave 8.1 billion hours of volunteer service. the cost of that service, had it been done by paid volunteers,

Orrin Hatch

2:07:56 to 2:08:17( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: would have amounted to approximately $158 billion. volunteering in america rose significantly after 9/11. i believe, thanks in no small measure to the leadership of president george w. bush, who asked every american to give two years of service to the country over their lifetimes.

Orrin Hatch

2:08:18 to 2:08:39( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: volunteering rose from 58.9 million americans the year after 11 which was a very high baseline given we know new volunteering would rise in this year to 65.4 million americans from 2004 to 2005. the story here is that america did respond to 9/11 and sustained a wave of patriotism

Orrin Hatch

2:08:40 to 2:09:01( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: and service which we in the congress and the president hope the mormon mission which is often for a period of two years in service abroad domestically was one of the inspirations for the president's two-year call for almost every young mormon male serves, and many, many adults and many, many young mormon

Orrin Hatch

2:09:02 to 2:09:25( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: females serve, and they learn to serve and to give to the communities and to care for people. the spirit of service remains strong today at around 61 million volunteers within the last year. now, we clearly have room to grow in the service nation coalition con sifting of more

Orrin Hatch

2:09:26 to 2:09:46( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: than to america's mind for youth, has endorsed this effort to increase our million to 100 million every year. according to a report by aarp entitled more to give: tapping the talents of the a majority of older americans are healthy and free of

Orrin Hatch

2:09:47 to 2:10:07( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: care-giving operations and tens of millions of them arerepared to increase their volunteer service in a world they they are leaving in worse condition than they inherited. this may be the first generation to believe this, and they want to make it right. they have the capacity to do so. the 77 million baby boomers are the longest-living,

Orrin Hatch

2:10:08 to 2:10:28( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: best-educated, most highly skilled generation in our history and represent enormous potential to meet significant needs throughout country. we should be more creative in enabling more of them to serve. as the nation's economy continues to sputter and organizations continue to operate on shrinkingudgets, volunteers will become even more

Orrin Hatch

2:10:29 to 2:10:49( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: essential to the nation's work. we need to do all we can to harness this productive capacity in these difficult times. and americans seem very willing to shoulder more responsibilities to get the country moving again. the serve america act gives our country a hat trick. it puts americans into productive work at low cost to government, meeting the needs of

Orrin Hatch

2:10:50 to 2:11:13( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: the nation, and with no new bureaucracy since volunteers work for an established network of w nonprofit organizations created by the social enterprise of innovative people. the legislation also targets the two populations most in trouble from the economic downturn: our young people and americans. a new volunteer generation fund

Orrin Hatch

2:11:14 to 2:11:34( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: will tap, train, and help deploy more traditional volunteers to meet needs identified by local communities. we saw the wellspring of american compassion in the aftermath of hurricane katrina. we need more of those efforts every day, not just in times of disaster. and by the way, the mormon and catholic churches were right there with the needs for those folks as they are in almost

Orrin Hatch

2:11:35 to 2:11:57( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: every disaster around the world. not necessarily for members of their faith. in fact, largely for members not of their faith. but for humanitarian concerns. the bill creates 175,000 more opportunities for full-time and part-time national community service. mobilizing our people to tackle problems like the high school dropout epidemic and growing poverty.

Orrin Hatch

2:11:58 to 2:12:18( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: these 175,000 members, if current leverage ratios continue, would mobilize approximately 5.25 million to 7 million traditional volunteers to help in these and other vital efforts. together with the 75,000 a leveraged 2.2 million americans, we could have around 8 million americans participating every year in efforts to address

Orrin Hatch

2:12:19 to 2:12:39( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: specific challenges in education, health care, poverty, energy and the environment. in hard times, we can use their good works. the serve america act also fosters a culture of service among young americans. service learning opportunities in our nation's schools have been shown to boost student attendance and engagement which

Orrin Hatch

2:12:40 to 2:13:01( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: in turn have a positive effect in keeping students on track to graduate from high school. on the other end of the spectrum the bill provides fellowships to older americans who want to use their lifetime of skills and talents to meet the country's needs. national and community service programs will engage not just the young but older

Orrin Hatch

2:13:02 to 2:13:23( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: their full-time and part-time efforts. times of trial have always summoned the greatness of the american people. these are such times. putting millions of americans into productive work not through the instrument of government, but through the innovation of nonprofit and other community-serving organizations is a smart way to foster the spirit of challenge in the country and tap the innovation

Orrin Hatch

2:13:24 to 2:13:45( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: and expertise of our people. government cannot sta sideline. it has an important role to play in partnering with the private and to further enable this innovation and release the energy of more americans to give back in times of trouble, by putting hundreds of americans to work in full-time

Orrin Hatch

2:13:46 to 2:14:06( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: and part-time national and millions of additional volunteers to help meet urgent community needs, fostering innovation among the next generation of social entrepreneurs and engaging nonprofit institutions in helping to meet challenges in key areas, we can help strengthen our economy and do something this country has always done well since its

Orrin Hatch

2:14:07 to 2:14:27( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: founding: release the energy of millions of americans to do more good works in hard times. inow the distinguished senator from colorado is here, and i know he would like to speak. so i will end my remarks at this time. i'll put further remarks int the record at this time and turn -- and end my remarks and

Orrin Hatch

2:14:28 to 2:14:41( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: turn the time over to the distinguished senator fro colorado. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from a senator: would the senator yield?

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