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Rubio, Coons, Wicker, Bipartisan Colleagues Reintroduce Bill to Expand National Service to Bolster COVID-19 Recovery

Apr 15, 2021 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chris Coons (D-DE), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and 15 bipartisan colleagues reintroduced the Cultivating Opportunity and Response to the Pandemic through Service (CORPS) Act, legislation that would expand national service programs significantly to help the country recover and rebuild from COVID-19.
The CORPS Act would increase the number of AmeriCorps positions available with the goal of creating 250,000 new service opportunities nationwide. These positions could support a variety of response and recovery efforts based on community needs, including expanding food pantry capacity, tutoring students, helping to improve housing resiliency, and more.
“I commend the countless Americans who are committed to national service, and believe that we should support expanded opportunities to ensure economic recovery, community wellbeing, and access to dignified work,” Rubio said. “I am proud to join my Senate colleagues in introducing legislation that will help Americans, contribute to our nation’s ongoing economic recovery by serving our local communities, promoting public health, and supporting their families through service to our great nation.”
“The past year has shown us that America can overcome any challenge so long as we do so together – when we look out for our neighbors, give back to our communities, and unite behind a common purpose,” Coons said. “We still have work to do to end this pandemic, rebuild, and recover, and one of the best ways we can do that is by investing in our strengths – in the thousands of young people who are eager to roll up their sleeves and serve their country, and in our locally-driven national service network that is already on the ground meeting urgent needs in our communities. I’m proud to introduce the CORPS Act with Senator Wicker and this impressive group of colleagues, and look forward to passing it into law so we can build back stronger than ever.”
“Our nation’s full recovery from the pandemic will require an all-hands approach,” Wicker said. “Boosting the ranks of our service corps is a cost-efficient way to get communities the help they need. I am glad to join Senator Coons in reintroducing the CORPS Act, which would expand national service opportunities at a crucial time for our nation. The COVID-19 outbreak has presented many challenges for our nation, and national service can help us emerge even stronger from this crisis.”
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