WASHINGTON – In case you missed it, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius published a piece on Wednesday in support of the Cultivating Opportunity and Response to the Pandemic through Service (CORPS) Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) to significantly expand national service programs, like AmeriCorps, to help the country respond to and recover from COVID-19. The bill is cosponsored by 14 additional senators, evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats.

Washington Post: Congress’s bipartisan national-service bill would be a powerful tonic for what’s ailing America

By David Ignatius 

Congress is weighing a big idea as it bargains over the next stimulus package: a bipartisan proposal to expand national-service programs to create jobs, help contain the coronavirus pandemic and begin to unify a divided country.

This plan would be a powerful tonic for some of what’s ailing the United States. It’s evocative of the New Deal programs that helped the United States through the Great Depression. And it’s supported by a star-studded group of Republicans and Democrats, including many Iraq and Afghanistan veterans from both parties who are backed by the bipartisan political action group With Honor.

The battleground this week is the Senate. Urging Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to include the $16 billion measure in new stimulus legislation are the bill’s co-sponsors, Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith, both Mississippi Republicans, and Sen. Christopher A. Coons, a Delaware Democrat.

Joining them is a diverse Senate alliance that includes people you’d like to see, at least temporarily, working together: Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Lindsay O. Graham (R.-S.C.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), John Cornyn (R-Tex.), Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Angus King (I-Maine), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine).

The full column is available here.

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