March 31, 2009

It's Done: U.S. House of Representatives Passes the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act

March 31, 2009 - In case you have yet to hear, the U.S. House of Representatives voted today to pass The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act!

It was touch and go this week as service-learning and national service advocates waited on pins and needles for House approval. Conservative members of the House were rumored to be orchestrating an attempt to defeat the bill after the motion to recommit language included in the House bill was altered in the Senate version of the bill.

Alas, the bill passed today (despite the last minute drama) with a vote of 275 to 149--with strong bipartisan support.

Service-Learning United will sign on to a collective statement being put forward by Voices for National Service and Service Nation. We are also working on a service-learning message of thanks and congratulations, which will be posted to all of you tomorrow for review and sign-on.
We'll continue to keep you to speed on the latest developments--including plans for a possible signing ceremony or activities involving President Obama and Mrs. Obama.

For now--we breathe a collective sigh of relief and thank you all for being a part of such an amazing collective effort.

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