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SA 723. Mr. FEINGOLD (for himself and Mr. Voinovich) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 1388, entitled ``The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, an Act to reauthorize and reform the national service laws.''; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

Strike title V and insert the following:
TITLE V--VOLUNTEERS FOR PROSPERITY PROGRAM


SEC. 5101. FINDINGS.
Congress makes the following findings:
(1) Americans engaged in international volunteer service, and the organizations deploying them--
(A) play critical roles in responding to the needs of people living throughout the developing world; and
(B) advance the international public diplomacy of the United States.
(2) In light of the barriers many Americans face to volunteering overseas--
(A) paid fellowships would help reduce financial barriers for Americans otherwise unable to afford volunteer service; and
(B) flexibility in the duration of volunteering opportunities would reduce another barrier, helping to expand the number of Americans able to participate in international volunteering opportunities.
(3) The Volunteers for Prosperity Program has successfully promoted international volunteer service by skilled American professionals.
(4) In its first 4 years, the VfP Program helped to mobilize thousands of skilled Americans, including doctors, nurses, engineers, businesspeople, and teachers, through a network of 250 nonprofit organizations and companies in the United States, to carry out development and humanitarian efforts for those affected by great global challenges in health, the environment, poverty, illiteracy, financial literacy, disaster relief, and other challenges.
(5) The VfP Program has undertaken activities, including--
(A) direct outreach to leading nonprofit organizations and companies in the United States;
(B) promotion of the work of skilled Americans and nonprofit organizations and companies in the United States as it relates to international volunteer service;
(C) public recognition of skilled American volunteers;
(D) support for organizations that utilize skilled Americans as volunteers;
(E) participation in the development of special initiatives to further opportunities for skilled Americans; and
(F) leadership of an innovative public-private partnership to provide eligible skilled Americans with financial assistance for volunteer assignments.
SEC. 5102. DEFINITIONS.
In this title:
(1) APPROPRIATE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES.--The term ``appropriate congressional committees'' means--
(A) the Committee on Foreign Relations and the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate; and
(B) the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives.
(2) VFP OFFICE.--The term ``VfP Office'' means the Office of Volunteers for Prosperity of the United States Agency for International Development.
(3) VFP PROGRAM.--The term ``VfP Program'' means the Volunteers for Prosperity Program established through Executive Order 13317.
(4) VFPSERVE.--The term ``VfPServe'' means a program established by the VfP Office, in cooperation with the USA Freedom Corps, to provide eligible skilled professionals with grants to offset the travel, living, and other related costs of volunteering abroad.
(5) VFP LEADERS.--The term ``VfP Leaders'' means a program established by the VfP Office created for those who wish to apply for grants of up to 80 percent of volunteers' expenses to offset travel, living, and other related costs of volunteering abroad and who commit to sharing their volunteer experiences with their communities when they return. VfP Leaders shall be selected from applicants by the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development based on criteria
developed by the Administrator.
SEC. 5103. VOLUNTEERS FOR PROSPERITY PROGRAM.
(a) Establishment.--The President is authorized to establish, under the auspices of the United States International Agency for Development, the Volunteers for Prosperity Program, to promote long-term, sustainable, and broad based development by addressing the needs of those living in the poorest areas of the world.
(b) Office of Volunteers for Prosperity.--The President may establish an Office of Volunteers for Prosperity to carry out the purpose of subsection (a).
(c) Functions.--The VfP Office shall pursue the objectives of the VfP Program described in subsection (d) by--
(1) implementing the VfPServe Program to provide eligible skilled professionals with matching grants to offset the travel, living, and other related costs of volunteering abroad with nonprofit organizations;
(2) implementing the VfP Leaders Program to provide those Americans who are accepted into the program with grants of up to 80 percent of volunteer's expenses to offset travel, living, and other related costs of volunteering abroad;
(3) otherwise encouraging participating nonprofit organizations to promote short- and long-term international volunteer service by skilled American professionals, including connecting such professionals with nonprofit organizations, to achieve such objectives;
(4) helping nonprofit organizations in the United States recruit and effectively manage additional skilled American professionals for volunteer assignments throughout the developing world;
(5) providing recognition for skilled American volunteers and the nonprofit organizations deploying them;
(6) helping nonprofit organizations and corporations in the United States to identify resources and opportunities in international volunteer service utilizing skilled Americans;
(7) encouraging the establishment of international volunteer programs for employees of United States corporations; and
(8) encouraging international voluntary service by highly skilled Americans to further the objectives set forth in subsection (d).
(d) VfP Program Objectives.--The objectives of the VfP Program should include--
(1) eliminating extreme poverty;
(2) reducing world hunger and malnutrition;
(3) increasing access to safe potable water;
(4) enacting universal education;
(5) reducing child mortality and childhood disease;
(6) combating the spread of preventable diseases, including HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis, as well as providing general medical and dental healthcare and prevention;
(7) providing educational and work skill support for girls and empowering women to achieve independence;
(8) creating sustainable business and entrepreneurial opportunities, including developing global partnerships in the areas of economic growth, microenterprise, asset development, and agricultural and rural development;
(9) increasing access to information technology;
(10) contributing to disaster and humanitarian response efforts; and
(11) promoting cross-cultural exchange, including citizen diplomacy and improving international and intercultural understanding, language education, and conflict management and resolution.
(e) Volunteers for Prosperity Serve Program.--To further carry out the purpose of subsection (a), the President may establish the Volunteers for Prosperity Serve (VfPServe) Program to provide eligible skilled professionals with grants to offset the travel, living, and other related costs while volunteering abroad.
(f) Volunteer Leaders Program.--To further carry out the purpose of subsection (a), the President may establish the Volunteers for Prosperity Leaders (VfP Leaders) Program to provide eligible individuals who commit to sharing their volunteer experiences with their communities when they return and are selected by the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development with grants of up to 80 percent of the travel, living, and other related costs while volunteering
abroad.
(g) Management.--The VfP Program shall be managed by the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development and shall be operated by employees of the Office of Volunteers for Prosperity and may not be managed on a contracting basis by a nongovernmental entity.
(h) Use of Funds.--
(1) IN GENERAL.--The VfP Office may provide grants to offset the travel, living, and other related costs of volunteering abroad to any participating nonprofit organization that has members who possess skills relevant to addressing any objective described in subsection (d) and--
(A) provides a dollar-for-dollar match for VfPServe grants --
(i) through the nonprofit organization with which the individual is serving; or
(ii) by raising or providing private funds; or
(B) has been selected to participate in the VfP Leaders Program.
(2) NONDISCRIMINATION REQUIREMENT.--The VfP Office may not provide a stipend to an individual under paragraph (1) unless the nonprofit organization to which the individual is assigned has certified to the VfP Office that it does not discriminate with respect to any project or activity receiving Federal financial assistance, including a stipend under this title, because of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, political affiliation, or beliefs.
(3) COMPLIANCE WITH INELIGIBLE SERVICE CATEGORIES.--Service carried out by a volunteer receiving funds under this section may not provide a direct benefit to any--
(A) business organized for profit;
(B) labor union;
(C) partisan political organization; or
(D) religious or faith-based organization for the purpose of proselytization, worship or any other explicitly religious activity.
SEC. 5104. COORDINATION AND REPORT.
(a) Coordination.--The VfP Office shall coordinate its efforts with other United States Government and private efforts that aim to send skilled professionals to serve in developing countries.
(b) Reports.--
(1) FISCAL YEAR 2010.--Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development shall submit to the appropriate congressional committees a report detailing plans to establish the VfP Program as a program operated under the United States Agency for International Development for the first year of operations in fiscal year 2010.
(2) FISCAL YEARS 2011 THROUGH 2014.--Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development shall submit to the appropriate congressional committees a report detailing plans to implement the VfP Program for fiscal years 2011 through 2014 and ongoing activities of the program.
(3) CONTENT OF PLANNING REPORTS.--The reports required under this subsection shall describe--
(A) the budget needs and expectations for the VfP Program;
(B) the annual objectives for the VfP Program;
(C) the number of volunteers to receive programming services from the VfP Program or grants from VfPServe and VfP Leaders;
(D) a system of financial accountability to ensure that grants provided under VfPServe and VfP Leaders are provided to volunteers to enable individual volunteer service;
(E) the creation of systems to ensure that each volunteer's activities meet the objectives of the VfP Program identified in section 5103;
(F) the systems of coordination with other Federal agencies; and
(G) the personnel and staff needs for the following fiscal year.
SEC. 5105. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
(a) In General.--There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this title $10,000,000 for fiscal year 2010, and such sums as may be necessary for each of the fiscal years 2011 through 2014.
(b) Allocation of Funds.--Not more than 10 percent of the amounts appropriated pursuant to subsection (a) may be expended for the administrative costs of the United States Agency for International Development to manage the VfP Program, and the remainder shall be divided evenly between VfPServe and VfP Leaders grants.
On page 26, line 25, strike ``for this part'' and insert ``for this subtitle''.
On page 60, line 11, strike ``the report'' and insert ``the report described in subsection (c)''.
On page 67, line 15, strike ``places'' and insert ``place''.
On page 81, line 4, insert before the semicolon the following: ``, and sending care packages to Members of the Armed Forces who are deployed''.
On page 92, line 25, strike ``heath'' and insert ``health''.
On page 103, lines 16 and 17, strike ``subtitles B and C'' and insert ``subtitle B''.
On page 272, line 17, strike ``be focused'' and insert ``propose to focus''.
On page 272, line 21, strike ``be focused'' and insert ``propose to focus''.
On page 276, line 6, strike ``the highest'' and insert ``high''.


(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Mar 26, 2009.)