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H.R. 748 (113th): Universal National Service Act

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H.R. 748 would require all residents of the United States between the ages of 18 and 25 to perform two years of “national service."

“National service,” as defined in the bill, may consist of:

  1. Military service; or
  2. Civilian service in a federal, state, or local government program or with a community-based organization, provided that the President has determined that the organization is engaged in “meeting human, educational, environmental, or public safety needs.”

The bill would also allow the President to induct 18- to 25-year-olds into the military in wartime or in the case of a national emergency declared by the President. Thus, it ostensibly obviates the need for Congress to pass legislation reinstating the draft and grants the President unprecedented discretion in the matter of national emergencies. Under current law, …

Sponsor and status

Charles “Charlie” Rangel

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 13th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 15, 2013
Length: 15 pages
Feb 15, 2013
113th Congress (2013–2015)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on February 15, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).



Feb 15, 2013

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 748 (113th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 748. This is the one from the 113th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2013 to Jan 2, 2015. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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