Peace Corps Funding – A $30 Million Difference
By Jonathan Pearson on Monday, July 29th, 2013
On July 25th, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a funding bill for State/Foreign Operations that includes $385 million for the Peace Corps in Fiscal Year 2014. This is significantly above the $356 million recommended a week earlier by the House Appropriations Committee.
The House figure is virtually equal to the current funding level for the Peace Corps. While Congress originally approved current funding for Peace Corps at $375 million, back in April the agency (along with most other federal programs) incurred a five percent reduction funding when automatic across-the-board cuts (referred to as the sequester) took effect. For the Peace Corps, the reported impact was a nearly $20 million cut.
The Senate recommendation (which is 8.5 percent higher than the House figure) would restore funds to pre-sequester levels, and further increase Peace Corps funding by approximately three percent.
In upcoming advocacy meetings during the August congressional recess, National Peace Corps Association advocates will be urging their members of Congress to fully support the Senate recommendation for Peace Corps funding. Follow this link to find out if meetings are being organized near you, or contact us to organize your own district advocacy meeting.