Peace Corps Commemorative Legislation Introduced in Senate
By Jonathan Pearson on Thursday, August 4th, 2011
The recent Smithsonian Folklife Festival provided a tremendous setting to remind hundreds of thousands of people about the importance of the Peace Corps and to bring the world home to everyday Americans. But the Festival lasted only two weeks. Imagine if there was an ongoing reminder about the Peace Corps in the heart of our nation’s capital.
In this 50th anniversary year, the drive to establish a commemorative work near the National Mall to mark the lasting historic significance of the founding of the Peace Corps got a big boost as legislation was introduced in the United States Senate.
Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced the legislation in July. He was joined by Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) as an original co-sponsor of Senate Bill 1421.
Similar legislation in the House of Representatives, introduced by RPCV Congressman Sam Farr (D-CA) currently has 129 co-sponsors.
Congressional authorization of this proposal is the first step in the process. It is only after authorization is secured that the community can proceed with the site selection and design phases of the project. A key provision in the legislation is the stipulation that all funds for the project will be raised privately, and that no taxpayer dollars would be used.
Take Action With Your Senators:
Ask your Senators to co-sponsor this legislation. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!
- Follow this link for phone/email information for your Senators
- Leave this basic message: ”I ask Senator _____ to become a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 1421, legislation that would authorize a commemorative work near the National Mall to mark the lasting historic significance of the founding of the Peace Corps in 1961, and the ideals it represents.” Share your thoughts on why the founding of the Peace Corps is an important chapter in our nation’s history and is worthy of commemoration.
- Ask five other family, friends or neighbors to take similar action. And, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you took action!
Follow this link for more information about the commemorative.