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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 and Jack Reed 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.

5. Increase access to national service opportunities by raising Americorps living stipend amounts.

6. Create a 21st Century American Service Outreach Program to notify eligable individuals about opportunities to serve.

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.
 

More on National Service

May 29, 2017 Op-Ed and Letters
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
September 2, 2016 Press Release
Hartford, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, and Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-02) announced that Nutmeg Big Brothers/Sister Inc. in Hartford was awarded $276,720 as part of the Senior Corps Foster Grandparent Program.
July 14, 2016 Press Release
Today, Reps. John B. Larson (CT-01) and John Lewis (GA-05) announced a renewed commitment to our country’s public service needs.
April 5, 2016 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) joined Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps Volunteers for the Mayor and County Day of Recognition for National Service. Nearly 700 AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps volunteers currently serve the city of Hartford, and Larson will soon introduce legislation to expand service opportunities to even more Americans. 

September 17, 2015 Press Release

Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) met with Voices for National Service to discuss the impact of service programs on communities across the country. After the event, he gave the following statement:

June 7, 2014 Press Release

FRANCE — Reps. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Rosa DeLauro (CT-02) released the following statement today applauding the creation of the justice AmeriCorps program. The program will provide cost effective legal representation to unaccompanied minors who come to America alone after being victims of abuse and/or human trafficking.

June 14, 2013 Press Release

Washington – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) introduced the 'Honoring Hometown Heroes Act' in the U.S. House of Representatives.

May 15, 2013 Press Release

Washington – Today, in honor of National Peace Officers Memorial Day, Rep.  John B. Larson (CT-01) announced he will reintroduce legislation in the 113th Congress to allow the U.S. flag to be flown at half-staff following the death of a first responder in the line of duty. Current law allows for the flag to be flown at half-staff for any member of the Armed Forces and present or former government officials.

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