Senator: AmeriCorp Increase a 'Mistake'

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President Obama's plans to increase volunteerism are sailing through Congress but not without controversy.

The Senate voted 78-20 to triple the number of AmeriCorps volunteers to 250,000 over the next eight years. The legislation also provides incentives for seniors and students to volunteer.  The House could send the "Serve America Act" to the President's desk as early as Monday.

The Senate version allows participants to receive more than $4,700 toward their education. The plan comes with a price tag of nearly $6 billion over the next five years.

Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., says the bill is a "well-intentioned mistake" that represents everything that's "wrong with how Congress sees the world."

"We can't replace private charity with government programs and if we try a lot of people are gonna miss meals, suffer cold winters, and leaky roofs," DeMint said.

In an article published by the Heritage Foundation, Brian Brown also writes, "if Congress believes that public service can only survive as a government-funded job, it is indeed dead."

Despite the opposition to "Serve America," the bill is expected to pass.

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