Crow Helps Introduce Legislation to Increase and Support Public Service
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Jason Crow (CO-06) joined Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-21) to introduce the Inspire to Serve Act. The bipartisan legislation would implement the recommendations of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service (Commission) and advance America’s core principles of service, diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
The FY17 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) established and charged the Commission to conduct a review of the military selective service process and consider methods to increase participation in military, national, and public service to address national security and other public service needs of the United States. The Inspire to Serve Act would implement the Commission’s recommendations.
The legislation is cosponsored by Representatives Don Bacon (NE-02), Chrissy Houlahan (PA-06), Mike Waltz (FL-06), Seth Moulton (MA-06), Salud Carbajal (CA-24), Jason Crow (D-CO-06), Dean Phillips (MN-03), and Kai Kahele (HI-02).
“I originally enlisted in the National Guard to help pay for college, but I found this service to be so rewarding that I eventually became an Army Ranger and served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Congressman Jason Crow. “My service to this country shaped me into the person I am today. As we recover from the public health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19, expanding national service will put thousands of young people to work, mobilize civic engagement, and address urgent needs in underserved communities.
“Public service allows us to further the ideals of our democracy and experience and grow from our diversity. Unfortunately, many Americans don’t know about or have access to the many ways in which we can give back to our community and country,” said Congressman Panetta. “The Inspire to Serve Act would connect those who desire to give back with the resources of the federal government and help ensure local and national resilience and preparedness. As demonstrated in the outstanding report by the Commission, this bill would strengthen the foundation of our society by furthering the opportunities to serve and sustain the health, security, and unity of our country.”
“The Inspire to Serve Act includes a series of bold actions designed to encourage and provide greater opportunities for Americans to enter public service and help our nation meet its many challenges. The Partnership for Public Service applauds Rep. Jimmy Panetta and the For Country Caucus for re-introducing this important bill, which would implement the recommendations made last year by the bipartisan National Commission on Military, National and Public Service. Congress should move quickly on these common-sense proposals,” said Partnership for Public Service President and CEO Max Stier.
The Inspire to Serve Act would:
- Promote civic education and public awareness of all forms of service.
- Advance military, national, and public service through a series of improved personnel practices, structures, grant programs, fellowships, demonstration projects, resource allocations, and benefit programs.
- Streamline and modernize outdated processes to make service more accessible.
- Strengthen mobilization for any future public health crisis, natural disaster, or other national emergency.
- Ensure a more inclusive and diverse national security workforce by requiring both men and women to register with the Selective Service System in accordance with the statute.