3:24 PM EDT
Todd Platts, R-PA 19th

Mr. PLATTS. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 5563, the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act, the GIVE Act, which will strengthen our Nation's national and community service programs. As you know, we debated this legislation for hours last week and adopted some very positive amendments. I'm pleased that the majority has included these amendments in the bill, as well as the Republican motion to recommit, which will ensure that adequate criminal history checks will be performed on anyone

seeking a federally funded national service position, and that individuals who are registered sex offenders or convicted murderers will not be selected for such positions.

While it was my hope that the duplicative Energy Conservation Corps is struck from the bill during the conference because the bill already addresses that through other sections of this legislation, I'm proud to be part of this effort to provide more flexibility for existing community service programs to ensure that the most innovative and effective grantees continue to receive funding and to increase the accountability within the corporation.

Programs such as Foster Grandparents and Learn and Serve truly impact the lives of America's most needy. AmeriCorps and NCCC participants engage often disadvantaged youth and provide them with a sense of pride and civic responsibility. These programs are truly win/win and provide a tremendous return on the Federal investment.

Again, I want to thank Chairman Miller, Ranking Member McKeon, and Chairwoman McCarthy for working with me, and for all the staff who have made this effort a success.

I urge a ``yes'' vote and hope that my colleagues will support these commonsense reforms to our national service programs and to support the GIVE Act.

Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.