Senate Passes Peace Corps Commemorative
By Jonathan Pearson on Thursday, June 20th, 2013
The United States Senate gave unanimous approval Wednesday evening to legislation that would authorize the establishment of space near the National Mall to mark the historic significance of the founding of the Peace Corps in 1961, and the ideals Peace Corps service represents.
“We are very grateful to Senators Portman, Udall and their staff for taking such swift and effective action in passing Peace Corps commemorative legislation in the Senate,” said National Peace Corps Association President Glenn Blumhorst. ”This commemorative will not only serve as a fitting tribute to the historic significance of the founding of the Peace Corps, it will also assist in efforts to bring the Peace Corps experience to the millions of citizens who visit our nation’s capital.”
The House of Representatives still needs to pass companion legislation. The House bill (H.R. 915) was the first piece of legislation introduced by freshman Congressman Joseph Kennedy III, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in the Dominican Republic.
If you live in Ohio or Colorado, please take a moment to phone or write Senators Portman and Udall to thank them for their leadership and attention in securing passage of Peace Corps commemorative legislation.
If you have a Republican Congressman/woman, we especially want to build stronger, bi-partisan momentum to pass Peace Corps commemorative legislation in the House.
Key Message: Contact your Representative and ask him/her to “co-sponsor House Bill 915, legislation that will authorize a Peace Corps commemorative in Washington to mark the historic significance of the founding of the Peace Corps in 1961, and the ideals Peace Corps service represents.” Share your thoughts on why the establishment of the Peace Corps is worthy of commemoration.
Current House Republican co-sponsors: Six House Republicans are current co-sponsors and should be thanked for their support and leadership. They are RPCV Congressman Tom Petri (WI), Mike Fitzpatrick (PA), Richard Hanna (NY), John Kline (MN), Markwayne Mullin (OK) and Don Young (AK).
For a sample letter and more information on the Peace Corps Commemorative, follow this link for more background information on the Peace Corps commemorative.