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Amidst National Crisis, Phillips Helps Introduce Bipartisan Inspire to Serve Act

Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) and a bipartisan coalition of Representatives reintroduced H.R. 3000, the Inspire to Serve Act. Sponsored by Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), the Inspire to Serve Act would modernize and strengthen national and public service programs – including the military, AmeriCorps, and Peace Corps – in order to ensure that the United States can recruit and retain a robust contingent of public servants committed to the common good.

Drawing from the recommendations of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service, the Inspire to Serve Act would make critical improvements to recruitment and civic education, in order to build a service corps that reflects the values and demographic diversity of the United States. The bill would also remove barriers and increase funding for those who wish to dedicate themselves to national or public service, making those opportunities more widely accessible to the general public.

“During times of crisis – whether it be World War II, the Great Depression, or the COVID-19 pandemic – America’s resilience depends on the hard work and sacrifices of its public servants,” said Rep. Phillips. “Now more than ever, we must meet the moment and invest in a diverse corps of talented Americans who want to give back to their country. The Inspire to Serve Act would breathe new life into our national and public service programs and make the United States stronger and more secure for generations to come.

“Public service allows us to further the ideals of our democracy and experience and grow from our diversity.  Unfortunately, many Americans don’t know about or have access to the many ways in which we can give back to our community and country,” said Rep. Panetta. “The Inspire to Serve Act would connect those who desire to give back with the resources of the federal government and help ensure local and national resilience and preparedness.  As demonstrated in the outstanding report by the Commission, this bill would strengthen the foundation of our society by furthering the opportunities to serve and sustain the health, security, and unity of our country.”