Rep. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonEx-CBO director calls for more than trillion in coronavirus stimulus spending Overnight Defense: Trump’s move to use military in US sparks backlash | Defense officials take heat | Air Force head calls Floyd’s death ‘a national tragedy’ Democrats blast Trump’s use of military against protests MORE (D-Mass.), a 2020 presidential hopeful, rolled out a plan Sunday to promote national service among young Americans.
The five-point plan is modeled after the GI Bill and would give educational or vocational scholarships to Americans between the ages of 17 and 24 in exchange for a service commitment of one to three years.
“I’m calling for a National Service Education Guarantee because I want every American to have an opportunity to serve like I did – a chance to confront the challenges our country faces today, be a part of something bigger than themselves, and earn a promise that they will be rewarded for their efforts,” Moulton, a former Marine Corps officer, said in a statement.
“That’s why my national service plan is modeled on the GI Bill and designed to build on its success in fostering a culture of service to this country we love.”
The plan would cover 60 percent of the cost of in-state college tuition or job-training up to $14,000 for a one-year commitment of national service. Benefits would increase with longer commitment, covering full in-state tuition or $24,000 in training for a three-year engagement from enrollees.
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Enrollees would have the option to join a newly created service organization called the Federal Green Corps dedicated to combating the climate crisis and protecting the environment.
They would also be able to join an expanded AmeriCorps, FEMA Corps or AmeriCorps VISTA program.
Fellow 2020 hopeful former Rep. John DelaneyJohn DelaneyThe Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas says country needs to rethink what ‘policing’ means; US cases surpass 2 million with no end to pandemic in sight Minnesota AG Keith Ellison says racism is a bigger problem than police behavior; 21 states see uptick in cases amid efforts to reopen The Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan says there will be consequences from fraying US-China relations; WHO walks back claims on asymptomatic spread of virus MORE (D-Md.) announced a similar service proposal last month.
South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (D), who served as a naval intelligence officer in Afghanistan, also floated the idea in an interview on MSNBC.