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Breaking News: The CORPS Act re-introduced in Senate for 117th Congress

Bipartisan Bill Proposes to Bolster National Service with $8 Billion Investment During Three-Year COVID Recovery Period

April 15, 2021 -- Today, Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) and Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) announced the reintroduction of the CORPS Act (Cultivating Opportunity & Response to the Pandemic through Service) in the 117th Congress, along with 15 other bipartisan co-sponsors:

  • Senator Coons (D-DE) - Lead Sponsor
  • Senator Baldwin (D-WI)
  • Senator Booker (D-NJ)
  • Senator Duckworth (D-IL)
  • Senator Durbin (D-IL)
  • Senator Kelly (D-AZ)
  • Senator Klobuchar (D-MN)
  • Senator Reed (D-RI)
  • Senator King (I-ME)
  • Senator Wicker (R-MS) - Lead Sponsor
  • Senator Blunt (R-MO)
  • Senator Cassidy (R-LA)
  • Senator Collins (R-ME)
  • Senator Cornyn (R-TX
  • Senator Graham (R-SC)
  • Senator Hyde-Smith (R-MS)
  • Senator Rubio (R-FL)

The CORPS Act proposes an $8 billion investment in national service programs, members, and state service commissions over a three-year period in order to contribute to our nation’s economic recovery. The CORPS Act also enables national service to contribute to recovery by growing a more diverse group of participants and local nonprofit programs, improving the quality of service experiences through increased living allowances and education awards, stabilizing existing programs, and targeting COVID-impacted communities and economic recovery projects.

“America’s Service Commissions is proud to endorse the bipartisan CORPS Act as it is reintroduced in the 117th Congress,” said Kaira Esgate, CEO of America’s Service Commissions (ASC), which also administers the States for Service Coalition.“This bill is a bold-but-realistic proposal to make AmeriCorps, state service commissions, national service and volunteer programs a cornerstone of our nation’s long-term economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Expanding national service opportunities and benefits is essential to making service accessible to all and engaging a diverse group of Americans who want to serve our country and gain valuable job skills and experience in the process. The CORPS Act also provides governors and their state service commissions the flexibility they need to get these national service resources out the door to local communities and nonprofits quickly and efficiently. Our network stands ready to implement the CORPS Act across all states and territories during the COVID economic recovery period.”

Read Senator Coons' press release about the bill.

Download our 2-page overview, Senate bill summary, and social media toolkit for your reference and use in promoting this important and exciting piece of legislation.

Please help us share this news today with your networks and on social media using the hashtag #CORPSAct!

Stay tuned for additional updates and action items so we can generate even more bipartisan support for The CORPS Act in the coming days and weeks!
In service,

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& the States for Service Coalition

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