67th Girls Nation Congress
Expressing the sense of the Senate that the Civilian Conservation Corps shall be reinstituted with the passage of House Bill No. 188.
IN THE SENATE OF GIRLS NATION
Senators Gillis and Corman of New Hampshire submitted the following resolution.
Whereas the current unemployment rate is approximately 7.6% or 11.8 million people, a number which does not account for the 780,000 discouraged workers who have looked for jobs but given up because there seems to be no point, or others who cannot file for unemployment. Unemployment has proven to have detrimental effects such as increased mortality, due mainly to suicide, increased risk of cancer, divorce, and loss of income for future generations. The purpose of House Bill No. 188 is to alleviate some of the "widespread distress of unemployment existing in the United States";
Whereas the unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans is more than 10% and nearly 30% for veterans under the age of 25. House Bill No. 188 would give first order of preference to unemployed veterans, thus relieving a great deal of the burden that those who have bravely served in the Armed Forces are currently carrying;
Whereas the American Society of Civil Engineers has given the United States infrastructure for 2013 a D+ rating and expects that the necessary investment in our infrastructure be $3.6 trillion by 2020. According to House Bill No. 188 the new Civilian Conservation Corps would be focused on the "construction, maintenance, and carrying on of works of a public nature";
Whereas the establishment of a Civilian Conservation Corps during times of economic hardship has proven effective for the United States. The original Civilian Conservation Corps was successful on both employment and environmental fronts, employing more than 3 million people while planting a total of 3 billion trees and implementing 125,000 miles of roads and trails: NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED;
(1) That House Bill No. 188, which reinstates the Civilian Conservation Corps in order to mitigate the level of unemployment in the United States, as well as perform the necessary maintenance and restoration of United States infrastructure, be passed.
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