Closer to a Commemorative
By Jonathan Pearson on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
The United States Congress is one step away from giving final approval to Peace Corps Commemorative legislation.
Wednesday morning, the House Natural Resources Committee gave unanimous approval to the legislation (H.R. 915), which would allow the use of space near the National Mall to mark the lasting historical significance of the founding of the Peace Corps in 1961, and the ideals Peace Corps service represents.
The Natural Resources Committee actually voted unanimously to pass both the House and Senate versions of the bill. While substantively the same, the two bills have slight differences in language that would have to be reconciled if each chamber passed their own version. By passing both H.R. 915 and S. 230, the House now has the opportunity to approve the Senate version of the bill (and complete congressional approval), without having to go through extra steps to reconcile language.
If you are a constituent of House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) or Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR), please thank them for their leadership in passing the Peace Corps commemorative legislation and ask them to help swiftly bring the legislation to the full House for a final vote. Send a similar thank you message if you are a constituent of Public Lands Subcommittee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) or Ranking Member Raul Grijalva (D-AZ).