Peace Corps Funding Cuts Coming
By Jonathan Pearson on Tuesday, April 12th, 2011
While a partial shutdown of the federal government was averted late last week, the negotiated agreement to fund the government through the remainder of the current fiscal year includes a nearly $26 million cut in Peace Corps funding.
According to the House Appropriations Committee, legislation that will be voted on later this week includes Peace Corps cuts that amount to approximately 6.5% of the agency budget. The real impacts will likely be more significant, given that the funding reductions will need to be absorbed during the last six months of the current fiscal year.
Along with a $25 million cut to Peace Corps, the budget agreement also calls for a further 0.2% reduction for all non-defense accounts. This would result in nearly $1 million in additional cuts to the Peace Corps.
Peace Corps has been recently funded at $400 million and reports more than 8,600 volunteers and trainees in the field. Earlier in the budget battle for the remainder of the current fiscal year, the House voted in favor of a package that called for a nearly $70 million reduction in Peace Corps funding, while the Senate Appropriations Committee had earlier recommended a reduction of only $5 million.