Obama wins bipartisan support in often divided U.S. House

March 18, 2009

WASHINGTON – Democratic President Barack Obama finally won broad bipartisan support on Wednesday in the often bitterly divided U.S. House of Representatives. All it took was a call for Americans to help each other — and the memory of Sept. 11.
 
On a 321-105 vote, the House passed and sent on to the Senate an Obama-backed bill that seeks to expand volunteerism.
 
The proposed GIVE Act — Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education — would also urge Americans to recognize Sept. 11 as a national day of service as well as remembrance.obama-speech
 
“Establishing 9/11 as a national day of service would ensure that the lives of those lost are forever remembered,” said David Paine of MyGoodDeed.org, a nonprofit created by family members of 9/11 victims.
 
House Republicans have opposed a number of the president’s initiatives including his $787 billion stimulus package, but many rallied in support of this one.
 
The measure comes in response to Obama’s call to Congress last month to pass a bill that will provide Americans with more chances to serve their communities.
 
The House-passed bill would create volunteer opportunities for Americans ranging from school children and retirees to military veterans.
 
“President Obama has renewed the spirit of a practice in our country that is as old as the union itself — the call to public service,” said Democratic Representative Carolyn McCarthy, sponsor of the bill.

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- Photo credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst (Obama gives his primetime address to a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives in February)

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Surely Obama and the pack of morons in the House have better things to do than come up with this bill. Americans have been involved in volunteering in their communities from the birth of this country. Most communities have more openings for volunteers than there are volunteers. Just more of Washington showing how out of touch with the real world they are. No wonder they are all in government thsy could not make it in the regular world. They would be fired for wasting company time. Now there is an idea :)

Posted by chris | Report as abusive

obama is big on volunteering, he was going to get the injured soldiers returning home to get their own private insurance to volunteer to pay for their injuries, till he realized that it was not a populous decision with all the other money being thrown down the drain so he quickly dropped the plan.to me it speaks volumes of how the left still resent the every day serviceman,who give so much and receive so little in return.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

Now some democratic pundit can claim the presidents ability to lead in a bipartisan fashion. I guess with unemployment rising ever so fast some halfwits in Washington figured those out of work had extra time to help out while they lived off their residual income.

More to the point our nation needs a day of national service 365 days a year. And I can’t think of any group more deserving to perform such service than our elected officials. If memory serves me correctly, Congressmen and the President did not get paid at one time. Since most of our Senators are millionaires, they don’t need the money anyway. Let’s start with them. Perhaps we should give all of them the opportunity to volunteer, for their whole term. No pay, no health, care no pension.

Chris is right, these people in Washington are out of touch. Maybe it is time the American people “reach out”. No more Socialism for the elite and Capitalism for everybody else.

Posted by Anubis | Report as abusive

Actually the fact that private insurance companies wouldn’t volunteer to pay for the care of injured servicemen shows how the republicans and big businesses resent the every day serviceman, who gives so much and receives so little in return.

But hey wait, it isn’t the job of private insurance companies to support the injuries given to people as a result of George Bush’s war. This is why we have a veteran’s administration and VA hospitals. It isn’t the fault of private insurance that veterans get screwed over by their own government.

Posted by Lord Astral | Report as abusive

“it speaks volumes of how the left still resent the every day serviceman,who give so much and receive so little in return”.

My friend left is not responsible for the death of 4500 soldiers and 30,000 wounded in Iraq, its the right. Now think what has the right wing politicians given the serviceman for this sacrifice, nothing? I would rather have the left government that gives little but atleast is not involved in killing its own soldiers.

Posted by Irfan | Report as abusive

obviously, some people in the room have never tried to volunteer, if you are not affluent or meet thier educational standards. they make it almost impossible to serve your community. since when did caring about things require a degree. food for thought people!!!!

Posted by mike | Report as abusive

They wanted to get something done with bipartisan support before they begin to launch the next plan to force feed both healthcare legislation and cap and trade legislation not only without bipartisan support but with gestapo tactics enabling them to pass the Senate with only 51 votes and not the standard 60 votes needed to avoid filibuster. Get ready America, Barack Obama is going to show you how to move a recession squarely into the DEPRESSION camp in 2 easy steps.

Posted by Duude | Report as abusive

yes irfan and 17000 more joining the fray but this is a necessary war because obama has always had his thumb print on this,unless pelosi starts giving him a “wedgy “again.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

Hay irfan who was the guy this week that wanted to take way disabled veterns medical care to save a few bucks so he could give it to Acorn. Oh that right he is not on the left is he. Good luck Comrad

Posted by Roger A | Report as abusive