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14 May 2010

Georgia Congressional Republicans Vote Against Resolution Honoring AmeriCorps

Four years ago, I joined a national service program known as AmeriCorps. Throughout 2006, I gave my time at Atlanta's central library instructing people in need of learning basic computer skills.

I did not fully realize, until I joined AmeriCorps, how many people do not have basic computer skills. Teaching those computer courses at the central Atlanta library was an eye opener and no mistake. I'd describe my involvement with AmeriCorps as a reciprocal relationship. AmeriCorps had an impact on me, and I was able to impact my community by sharing my knowledge of the personal computer with those in need.

AmeriCorps is like a domestic Peace Corps. It allows Americans to give back to their community, serve those in need and make a dramatic impact upon the world they live in. AmeriCorps is a program worthy of recognition by the United States Congress.

Unfortunately, 128 Republican members of Congress --72% of their caucus-- voted against a resolution that simply says we salute AmeriCorps; we acknowledge the accomplishments of AmeriCorps; and we recognize the contributions of AmeriCorps [SOURCE: House Roll Call 271].

It is difficult for me, as a former AmeriCorps member, to understand why 72% of the House Republican Conference voted "No" on a resolution that spends no money, raises no taxes and increases no government. AmeriCorps promotes service in our community.

What the hell are these guys thinking voting against that?

Maybe I'm missing something. Maybe there's some controversial language hidden in the AmeriCorps resolution. Here's the link to House Resolution 1338. Maybe y'all can find the objectionable material that caused 72% of House Republicans to vote against honoring AmeriCorps, because I'm just not seeing it.

Here's how Georgia's congressional delegation voted on H. Res. 1338:

Did Not Vote
John Barrow
Sanford Bishop
Phil Gingrey
Hank Johnson
Jack Kingston
John Lewis
John Linder
Jim Marshall
Paul Broun
Tom Price
David Scott
Lynn Westmoreland