U.S. Senate Joins House in Passing Legislation to Establish September 11 as a National Day of Service
March 26, 2009
The U.S. Senate joined with the House of Representatives in passing historic national service legislation, ServeAmerica Act (S. 277) , which, like the House Generations Invigorating Volunteering and Education (GIVE) Act (H.R. 1388) , includes a key provision that would establish September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. The legislation would also provide federal support for national service programs and boost education grants for volunteers.
"We can take a tragic day in our nation's history and turn it into a force for good," said New York Senator Chuck Schumer, a co-sponsor of the ServeAmerica Act. "We can make it a day on which we can give back in remembrance of those who lost their lives."
The House and Senate bills will now proceed to conference to reconcile any differences. President Obama is expected to sign the final bill into law.