WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is scheduled to sign a
$5.7 billion national service bill this afternoon.
The bill will triple the size of the AmeriCorps program over the
next eight years. It will also make available to tens of thousands
of other Americans new opportunities to give back to their
Bolstering voluntary public service programs has been a priority
of Obama, who credits his work as a community organizer in his
early 20s for giving him direction in life.
The White House says the president "will call on people across
the country to serve their communities and work together to tackle
the nation's tough challenges."
Obama is set to visit the SEED School of Washington, a public
boarding school that serves inner-city students facing problems in
both the classroom and at home, for the signing ceremony.