George Miller berates GOP on GIVE Act defeat

House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, D-Martinez, this afternoon issued a scathing news release blasting Republicans for defeating the bipartisan GIVE Act, H.R. 5563, aimed at supporting and increasing the ranks of community service volunteers who perform essential services like mentoring at-risk young people, tutoring schoolchildren, improving public safety, and rebuilding communities devastated by natural disasters.

“The Republican leadership decided to hold community service programs hostage to its petty partisan political agenda,” said Miller. “The GIVE Act would have supported the tens of millions of Americans who improve their communities through community service and volunteerism, but Roadblock Republicans decided to stop the legislation for the sake of simple obstructionism. They should be ashamed of themselves. Democrats acted in a good-faith way to develop this legislation on a bipartisan basis, and Republicans chose to take the low road. This is exactly the kind of obstructionism that led voters to remove Republicans from power in 2006, and it shows that Republicans still aren’t serious about working to find solutions that solve America’s challenges.”

As Miller notes:

  • Republicans had supported the bill up to now; in passed Miller’s committee last year with a unanimous bipartisan vote of 44-0.
  • Republicans were closely involved in developing the bill. Every GOP amendment that was considered by the House Rules Committee was made in order. All of those amendments were offered on the floor of the House, and all of the amendments that were approved by the House were later made part of the bill that Republicans defeated today.
  • The GIVE Act includes provisions that would have required by law background checks on individuals participating in federally-funded volunteer and community service programs. As a result, by voting against the GIVE Act today, Republicans killed legislation that included in statute protections for children against sexual predators.
  • Here’s Miller talking up the bill:

    Here’s Miller opening a can of whupa– on a Republican opponent:

    And here’s the wrap-up:

    Josh Richman

    Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

    • Heidi

      Wow Mr. Miller – you sure can sling the hash at the Republicans – if it makes you feel better to blame them for everything – have at it – all I can say is if CA is any example of what Democrats do to a society – I will vote Republican any day of the week. If anyone should be ashamed of themselves, it’s you and your fellow dems for putting all of your constituent’s lives in the toilet. I pray America is getting an education now and the next time it’s time to vote, I am sure they’ll be getting rid of a lot of dead weight.

    • Michael Tribble

      Geo. Miller is a statist and an enemy of freedom as are all who support the GIVE ACT. This act should be called the Community Brown Shirt and Indoctrinate the Youth to be Good Little Statists Act. M. Tribble