Senate Committee Passes AmeriCorps Extension

Legislation that would continue President Clinton's prized AmeriCorps national-service program for five more years passed the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee in July.

Many Republicans in Congress have, over the years, criticized the program -- which provides education awards and living stipends in return for domestic community service -- as a wasteful use of tax funds. And some observers have questioned whether the program, which was