Peace Corps Funding Letter: A New Record!
By Jonathan Pearson on Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
The annual Peace Corps funding letter in the House of Representatives has reached a new record number of signatures. 140 members of the House of Representatives (and still counting!) have now signed a Dear Colleague letter urging $400 Million for the Peace Corps in Fiscal Year 2014.
You can still take action…it only takes five minutes.
This action is for the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ONLY
Take Action Now!
Contact your Congressman/woman now and ask them to “sign onto the Farr-Petri Dear Colleague letter urging support for $400 million for the Peace Corps in Fiscal Year 2014.”
Sample E-Mail Message
(use the message below as a guide when emailing your Congressman/woman. Please take a moment to personalize your message. Add a paragraph sharing details of your Peace Corps experience, or noting why you believe Peace Corps is important to our nation):
Dear Representative _______
I urge you to join more than 100 of your colleagues and sign onto the Farr-Petri-Honda-Garamendi-Kennedy Dear Colleague letter urging $400 Million for the Peace Corps in Fiscal Year 2014.
When we invest in the Peace Corps, we invest in America. In an insecure world, Peace Corps Volunteers are on the front lines of building friendship and understanding, providing grassroots development assistance and fostering peace with millions of citizens around the world. Once home, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers bring back skills that benefit our workplaces. They are leaders who apply Peace Corps skills and experiences to the benefit of our local communities. As a 2011 survey found, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, serve their communities at more than twice the national average.
Unfortunately, the tremendous progress Peace Corps achieved in the past three years is being turned back. The number of volunteers in the field compared to three years ago (when Peace Corps was funded at $400 Million) has already dropped by more than 11%. That trend will continue if Congress fails to act.
It is extremely important that we continue to provide robust funding for the Peace Corps.
Robust funding for the Peace Corps depends on your support.
You can demonstrate your support by signing onto the Farr-Petri-Honda-Garamendi-Kennedy Peace Corps funding letter.
Please note that signatures are being collected by Caitie Whelan in Congressman Farr’s office (email@example.com)
Thank you for considering this request. I look forward to learning that you have added your name to this important Peace Corps funding letter.
(Name, Address, Peace Corps Service if applicable)
Read/Share The Dear Colleague Letter
Follow this link to read the Dear Colleague letter. Share it with your lawmakers.
Lawmakers Who Have Signed This Year’s Letter
(Lawmakers listed below HAVE SIGNED ONTO THIS YEAR’S letter. Say thank you!) If your lawmaker is not listed below, please continue to press them to sign onto the Farr-Petri-Honda-Garamendi-Kennedy Peace Corps funding letter. We will update this information at least once a day)
A reminder that the current action is for the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ONLY.
(There are 142 signatures as of 5 PM Monday, April 15, 2013)
American Samoa: Faleomavaega
California: Bass, Becerra, Bera, Capps, Cardenas, Chu, Costa, Davis, Eshoo, Farr, Garamendi, Honda, Huffman, Lee, Lofgren, Lowenthal, Matsui, McNerney, George Miller, Napolitano, Negrete McLeod, Roybal-Allard, Loretta Sanchez, Schiff, Speier, Swalwell, Takano, Vargas, Waters, Waxman
Colorado: DeGette, Perlmutter, Polis
Connecticut: Courtney, DeLauro, Esty
District of Columbia: Norton
Florida: Brown, Castor, Deutch, Garcia, Grayson, Hastings, Wasserman Schultz, Wilson
Georgia: Bishop, Hank Johnson, Lewis
Hawaii: Gabbard, Hanabusa
Illinois: Danny Davis, Gutierrez, Lipinski, Rush, Schakowsky
Iowa: Braley, Loebsack
Maine: Michaud, Pingree
Maryland: Cummings, Delaney, Edwards, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes, Van Hollen
Massachusetts: Keating, Kennedy, Lynch, Markey, McGovern, Neal, Tierney, Tsongas
Michigan: Conyers, Dingell, Kildee, Levin
Minnesota: Ellison, McCollum, Nolan, Walz
Missouri: Clay, Cleaver
New Hampshire: Shea-Porter
New Jersey: Holt, Pascrell, Pallone, Payne Jr., Sires
New Mexico: Michelle Lujan Grisham, Ben RayLujan
New York: Bishop, Clarke, Crowley, Engel, Higgins, Israel, Carolyn Maloney, McCarthy, Meeks, Meng, Nadler, Rangel, Slaughter, Tonko
North Carolina: Price, Watt
Northern Marianas: Sablan
Oregon: Blumenauer, Bonamici, DeFazio
Pennsylvania: Cartwright, Fattah
Puerto Rico: Pierluisi
Rhode Island: Cicilline, Langevin
Texas: Castro, Doggett, Al Green, Hinojosa, Jackson Lee, EB Johnson, O’Rourke, Vela
Virginia: Connollly, Moran
Washington: Heck, Kilmer, McDermott
Wisconsin: Kind, Moore, Petri, Pocan