In the House, North Carolina Republican Virginia Foxx complained last week that legislation to expand the number of national service slots from 75,000 to 250,000 would be a waste of money.
“I think it’s important that we encourage volunteers,” she said. “But this is a paid job. This is a government-authorized charity.”
And she questioned the program’s effectiveness, especially at a cost of about $6 billion over five years.
In fact, AmeriCorps has been criticized for mismanagement in the past, although agency officials say they’ve fixed the problems. One year it enrolled 20,000 more volunteers than it had the money to pay for.
In a time of economic crisis, it seems almost unbelievable that we are considering the president’s current budget: which is packed with spending, debt and irresponsibility.
The Associate Press writes, “Obama’s budget has ignited a firestorm on Capitol Hill, with Republicans assailing it for record spending and budget deficits. Democrats are generally supportive, though some have sticker shock over the deficit figures.”