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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut

National Service

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America’s Call to Improve Opportunities Now (ACTION) for National Service Act

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National and community service helps hundreds of thousands of Americans each year through disaster relief efforts, education initiatives, infrastructure and public works projects, public healthcare and outreach, and countless other fields. Currently, service organizations turn away more applicants than they accept—and communities in need of their assistance sometimes have to go without. John Larson, John Lewis and Doris Matsui have a plan to change that.

America’s Call to Improve Opportunities Now (ACTION) for National Service Act would achieve the following goals:

1. Reduce the burden of student loan debt by ensuring young people who serve two full terms of service are rewarded with an educational benefit equal to four years of average in-state tuition where their college is located.

2. Ensure that educational benefit is exempt from federal taxes.

3. Advance national and community service as a civic and national priority by elevating the Corporation of National & Community Service (CNCS) to a new Cabinet-level agency

4. Support at least one million full-time federal service positions a year—providing all who wish to serve the opportunity to do so.

Right now, less than 1% of the nation serves in the military, AmeriCorps, and the Peace Corps combined—but not through lack of interest. In 2012, AmeriCorps alone received nearly 600,000 applications, but was forced to turn away nearly 80% of those who just wanted to make a difference in their communities. Americans who wish to serve should be encouraged to do so, and we have the power to do that.

ACTION currently has over 150 cosponsors in the House.

More on National Service

May 1, 2018 Event
Public Forum in West Hartford
March 22, 2018 Press Release
Today, Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after the passage of the omnibus appropriations bill in the House that will fund the government through the remainder of fiscal year 2018.
February 22, 2018 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after holding a press conference at the Hartford Fire House Engine 1/Ladder 6 on the Honoring Hometown Heroes Act. Larson authored the Honoring Hometown Heroes Act that was signed into law within the Bipartisan Budget Act.

January 8, 2018 Page
2017 re-cap from Rep. Larson.
June 1, 2017 Press Release
Today, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representatives John Larson (CT-1), Joe Courtney (CT-2), Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Jim Himes (CT-4) and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) announced $3.9 million in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
May 31, 2017 Event
Town Hall on National Service
May 30, 2017 Event
Town Hall on National Service
May 29, 2017 Op-Ed and Letter
Memorial Day falls this year on what would be President John F. Kennedy's 100th birthday. It's hard to believe that a man that we remember as being so vigorous, so vital, so intelligent and so young, would be 100 years old.
May 25, 2017 Press Release
Today, Reps. John B. Larson (CT-01), John Lewis (GA-05), Joe Kennedy (MA-04), and Doris Matsui (CA-06) reintroduced America’s Call to Improve Opportunities Now (ACTION) for National Service Act.
February 14, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) received the Outstanding National Service Advocacy Award from the Voices for National Service for his work to elevate national service as a priority for the nation