Record Signatures for Strong Peace Corps Funding
By Jonathan Pearson on Thursday, March 15th, 2012
Every year since 2005, members of the Senate and/or House of Representatives have been given the opportunity to show their support for strong funding for the Peace Corps during the month of March by signing onto so-called Dear Colleague letters.
Thanks in no small measure to efforts of the Peace Corps community, 2012 marks a record number of congressional signatures on these letters.
This year, a record 160 Senators and Congressmen/women signed letters urging strong funding support for the Peace Corps. That slightly exceeds the collective 156 signatures in 2010.
Here are the details:
A bi-partisan group of 32 Senators are confirmed as signing the Feinstein-Isakson letter, requesting strong funding for the Peace Corps in Fiscal Year 2013.
If you are represented by any of the Senators listed below, contact them and say thank you for signing the Peace Corps funding letter. If you are a constituent of Senators Feinstein (D-CA) or Isakson (R-GA) – pictured above – be sure to contact them and thank them for their leadership on this letter!
California: Boxer, Feinstein
Colorado: Bennet, Udall
Delaware: Carper, Coons
Maine: Collins, Snowe
Maryland: Cardin, Mikulski
Massachusetts: Brown, Kerry
New Jersey: Lautenberg, Menendez
New Mexico: Bingaman, Udall
New York: Gillibrand, Schumer
North Carolina: Hagan
Oregon: Merkley, Wyden
Rhode Island: Whitehouse
West Virginia: Rockefeller
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:
“Like many of you, I have seen firsthand what the power of friendship and a helping hand can do to uplift entire communities. For 51 years Peace Corps has served as our most cost-effective and efficient channel of promoting peace and friendship around the world. As a result generations of Peace Corps Volunteers have had positive impacts on countless lives and communities.
“But there is still so much more to do, and it starts with pushing for an increase in funding. The 128 members who have signed our letter serves as a true testament of the power of the Peace Corps, and its ability to show the world our nation’s investment in world peace.”
RPCV Congressman Sam Farr (Colombia 64-66)
A record number of 128 Congressmen/women signed onto the Farr-Petri-Honda-Garamendi letter, requesting $400 Million for the Peace Corps in Fiscal Year 2013.
If you are represented by any of the Congressmen/women listed below, contact them and say thank you for signing the Peace Corps funding letter. If you are a constituent of Congressmen Farr (D-CA), Petri (R-WI), Honda (D-CA) or Garamendi (D-CA), be sure to contact them and thank them for their leadership on this letter!
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