Senate Committee: $420 million for Peace Corps
By Jonathan Pearson on Thursday, July 29th, 2010
This afternoon, the Senate Appropriations Committee recommended $420 million for the Peace Corps for the federal fiscal year that begins October 1st. This figure would represent a five percent increase in funding. It is below President Obama’s request of $446 million for the Peace Corps.
Earlier this month, the House Appropriations Subcommittee for State/Foreign Operations recommended fully funding the President’s Peace Corps request.
“Today’s recommendation by the Senate Appropriations Committee – while providing a modest funding increase in a difficult economy – does not provide the resources that will allow the Peace Corps to advance proposals outlined in an assessment and strategy document that was requested by Congress and is designed to strengthen the agency,” said National Peace Corps Association President Kevin Quigley. “It is our hope the Senate will ultimately support a Peace Corps funding level that meets the President’s request, and we will work with the Congress to help achieve that.”
Follow this link to read more about today’s reccomendations by Senate appropriators.
As Congress prepares to begin its August recess, start making plans to connect with your lawmakers and urge them to support the President’s Peace Corps funding request. Be on the lookout Friday for an NPCA action alert.