BUILDING CIVIC BRIDGES ACT
The Building Civic Bridges Act (H.R. 6843) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on February 25, 2022, by Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA). The bill was co-sponsored by twelve Republicans and twelve Democrats. [Sponsors list below] It was introduced in the Senate on July 14, 2022 by Christopher Coons (D-DE) as SB4530 and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
The bill would establish an Office of Civic Bridgebuilding within AmeriCorps, a federal volunteer program. The office would be responsible for administering a grant program to support civic bridgebuilding programs across the nation. These programs would work to build relationships across lines of difference, such as political affiliation, race, ethnicity, and religion.
The bill also would support the training of AmeriCorps members in civic bridgebuilding skills and techniques. Additionally, the bill would support research on civic bridgebuilding, civic engagement, and social cohesion.
The Building Civic Bridges Act was referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor. The committee held a hearing on the bill on March 8, 2022. The bill has not been further considered by the committee.
The Building Civic Bridges Act was not enacted into law during the 117 th Congress and is expected to be re-introduced in the House and the Senate in September 2023.
Co-Sponsors of the Building Civic Bridges Act, as introduced February 25, 2022:
Rep. Bacon, Don [Rep/NE-2]
Rep. Case, Ed [Dem/HI-1]
Rep. Barr, Andy [Rep/KY-6]
Rep. Courtney, Joe [Dem/CT-2]
Rep. Fitzpatrick, Brian K. [Rep/PA-1]
Rep. Craig, Angie [Dem/MN-2]
Rep. Joyce, David P. [Rep/OH-14]
Rep. Deutch, Theodore E. [Dem/FL-22]
Rep. Katko, John [Rep/NY-24]
Rep. Dingell, Debbie [Dem/MI-12]
Rep. Kim, Young [Rep/CA-39]
Rep. Jeffries, Hakeem S. [Dem/NY-8]
Rep. McKinley, David B.
Rep/WV-1] Rep. Kilmer, Derek [Dem/WA-6]
Rep. Reed, Tom [Rep/NY-23]
Rep. Levin, Mike [Dem/CA-49]
Rep. Thompson, Glenn [Rep/PA-15]
Rep. McBath, Lucy [Dem/GA-6]
Rep. Timmons, William R. IV
[Rep/SC-4] Rep. Murphy, Stephanie N. [Dem/FL-7]
Rep. Upton, Fred [Rep/MI-6]
Rep. Phillips, Dean [Dem/MN-3]
RC González-Colón, Jenniffer [Rep/PR-At Large]
Rep. Trahan, Lori [Dem/MA-3]