Peace Corps Funding Action Alert
By Jonathan Pearson on Monday, December 30th, 2013
The December 18th passage by the United States Senate of a budget plan for the current fiscal year means attention now turns to the Senate and House Appropriations Committees, which have until January 15th to put together spending bills for all federal programs.
Uncertainty remains on whether both bodies will fully consider each of the twelve appropriations bills. This is especially the case for the State/Foreign Operations bill (which includes funding for the Peace Corps and other international programs) which is often one of the last bills to be considered.
However, now is an important time to make one last appeal to your members of Congress – especially if they are members of the Senate or House Appropriations Committee.
If action is taken on the State/Foreign Operations appropriations bill, consideration would also include two key provisions that are recommended by the Senate but not included in the House version of the bill: Implementation of the Peace Corps Equity Act provisions, and a request that Peace Corps consider expansion/improvements to Non-Competitive Eligibility benefits.
Please Take Action:
Use the sample message below as a guide if you are calling or writing your lawmakers. Personalize your message if you can, noting why the Peace Corps – as well as other international affairs programs – are important to our nation.
Go to the bottom of this alert for contact information for Senate/House appropriators, and links to other members of Congress.
Follow this link if you want more background information before taking action.
As Congress prepares to take final action on appropriations for Fiscal Year 2014, I appeal to you once more to provide strong funding support for our international affairs programs, including and especially the Peace Corps.
In regards to the Peace Corps, I urge you to support the earlier Senate recommendation of $385 million for the Peace Corps in FY 2014.
Additionally, I urge you to to make sure that language recommended by the Senate is adopted, asking the Peace Corps to report on possible improvements to the Non-Competitive Eligibility benefit for returning Peace Corps Volunteers, as well as language that would provide a fix to the current inequality pertaining to reproductive health of female volunteers.
I hope you believe, as I do, that the Peace Corps is one of our very best investments in extending American friendship, ideals and cooperation abroad. If you share that belief, I respectfully ask you to fight for the Fiscal Year 2014 Senate Peace Corps recommendations summarized above.
Thank you for your consideration.
(Peace Corps Country and Years of Service – if applicable)
Leadership and Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee:
Senators listed in bold and marked with an asterisk (*) serve on the important State/Foreign Operations Subcommittee.
Barbara Milkulski* (D-MD) Committee Chair 202-224-4654
Mark Begich* (D-AK) 202-224-3004
Roy Blunt* (R-MO) 202-224-5721
John Boozman* (R-AR) 202-224-
Dan Coats* (R-IN) 202-224-5623
Thad Cochran (R-MS) 202-224-5054
Susan Collins (R-ME) 202-224-2523 Chris Coons* (D-DE) 202-224-5042 Richard Durbin* (D-IL) 202-224-2152 Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) 202-224-3841 Tom Harkin* (D-IA) 202-224-3254
John Hoeven (R-ND) 202-224-2551
Mike Johanns* (R-NE) 202-224-4224
Tim Johnson (D-SD) 202-224-5842
Mark Kirk* (R-IL) 202-224-2854
Mary Landrieu* (D-LA) 202-224-5824
Mitch McConnell* (R-KY) 202-224-2541 Jeff Merkley (D-OR) 202-224-3753 Jerry Moran (R-KS) 202-224-6521 Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) 202-224-6665
Patty Murray (D-WA) 202-224-2621
Mark Pryor (D-AR) 202-224-2353
Jack Reed (D-RI) 202-224-4642
Jeanne Shaheen* (D-NH) 202-224-2841
Jon Tester (D-MT) 202-224-2644
Tom Udall (D-NM) 202-224-6621
Don’t see your Senator(s) listed above? Click here for the Senate Directory.
Leadership and Members of the House Appropriations Committee:
Representatives listed in bold and marked with an asterisk (*) serve on the important State/Foreign Operations Subcommittee.
Harold “Hal” Rogers (R-KY) Committee Chair 202-225-4601
Sanford Bishop, Jr. (D-GA) 202-225-3631
Ken Calvert (R-CA) 202-225-1986
John Carter (R-TX) 202-225-3864
Tom Cole (R-OK) 202-225-6165
Ander Crenshaw* (R-FL) 202-225-2501
Henry Cuellar* (D-TX) 202-225-1640
John Culberson (R-TX) 202-225-2571
Charlie Dent* (R-PA) 202-225-6411
Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) 202-225-3661
Mario Diaz-Balart* (R-FL) 202-225-4211
Sam Farr (D-CA) 202-225-2861
Chaka Fattah (D-PA) 202-225-4001
Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN) 202-2253271
Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) 202-225-4806
Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) 202-225-5034
Tom Graves (R-GA) 202-225-5211
Andy Harris (R-MD) 202-225-5311
Jaime Herrera-Beutler (R-WA) 202-225-3536
Mike Honda (D-CA) 202-225-2631
David Joyce (R-OH) 202-225-5731
Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) 202-225-4146 Jack Kingston* (R-GA) 202-225-5831
Tom Latham (R-IA) 202-225-5476
Barbara Lee* (D-CA) 202-225-2661
Betty McCollum (D-MN) 202-225-6631
Jim Moran (D- VA) 202-225-4376
Alan Nunnelee (R-MS) 202-225-4306
Bill Owens (D-NY) 202-225-4611
Ed Pastor (D-AZ) 202-225-4065
Chellie Pingree (D-ME) 202-225-6116
David Price (D-NC) 202-225-1784
Mike Quigley (D-IL) 202-225-4061
Tom Rooney (R-FL) 202-225-5792
Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) 202-225-1766
Tim Ryan (D-OH) 202-225-5261
Adam Schiff* (D-CA) 202-225-4176
Jose Serrano (D-NY) 202-225-4361
Mike Simpson (R-ID) 202-225-5531
David Valadao (R-CA) 202-225-4695
Pete Visclosky (D-IN) 202-225-2461
Debbie Wasserman-Schultz* (D-FL) 202-225-7931
Frank Wolf* (R-VA) 202-225-5136
Steve Womack (R-AR) 202-225-4301
Kevin Yoder* (R-KS) 202-225-2865 Don’t see your Representative listed above? Click here for the House of Representatives Directory.