House Spending Package Slashes Service
By Jonathan Pearson on Thursday, February 17th, 2011
In the early hours of Saturday morning, the House of Representatives gave final passage to H.R. 1, legislation that would sharply reduce federal spending in the current, Fiscal Year 2011 budget.
Peace Corps and other service programs are on the chopping block. Under the House proposal, Peace Corps funding would be sharply cut from the current $400 million to $331 million, stripping away funding increases over the past two years. California RPCV Congressman Sam Farr (Colombia 64-66) took to the House floor earlier in the week to criticize the cuts to Peace Corps and other programs contained in the International Affairs Budget.
On the domestic front, the group Voices for National Service says the House legislation proposes eliminating the Corporation for National and Community Service, which includes Americorps and other domestic service programs. Supporters are being asked to participate in a February 25th Save Service in America Day.
The Senate will take up the Fiscal Year 2011 budget when it returns from a week-long recess on February 28th. The Hill newspaper reports sharp differences between the two chambers on the FY 2011 budget, which raises the possibility of a government shutdown.
Meanwhile, The National Peace Corps Association’s annual National Day of Action in Support of the Peace Corps is less than two weeks away. Peace Corps funding will be among the issues raised during the Day of Action. Capitol Hill volunteers are still needed. Follow this link to make plans to participate from your home, and contact us at email@example.com if you can join us on Capitol Hill on March 3rd.