Peace Corps Funding
- President’s Budget to Congress Delayed until early March: The White House has announced that the President will not be submitting his Fiscal Year 2015 budget (which will include his Peace Corps funding request) to Congress until March 4th.
- President, Congress Approve $23 million increase for the Peace Corps: In January 2014, Congress gave final approval to and the President signed a $1.1 trillion spending package for the current fiscal year (FY 2014). Included in that budget was $379 million for the Peace Corps. This 6.5 percent increase represented the first funding increase for the agency in four years and fully restored funds that were cut during the sequester. Read more here.
- NPCA Member Groups Ask President to Support the Peace Corps: More than 100 member groups of the National Peace Corps Association sent this letter to the President urging strong funding for the Peace Corps when he submits his Fiscal Year 2015 budget to Congress.
Facts and Talking Points:
Since March 1, 1961 a total of over 210,000 volunteers have served in 139 different countries. In an ever-changing world, Peace Corps Volunteers have met new challenges with innovation, creativity, determination, and compassion while helping people build better lives for themselves. The dedication and work of volunteers demonstrate the legacy of service true to the Peace Corps.
- Contact your Congressional Representatives. As Congress turns its attention to the Fiscal Year 2015 budget (which would take effect October 1, 2014) now is a good time to ask your lawmakers to support strong funding for the Peace Corps. One thing you can do? Contact your lawmakers and ask them “to prioritize strong funding for the Peace Corps in their Fiscal Year 2015 appropriations request”. You can plan to deliver this message as part of NPCA’s 10th Annual National Day of Action!
- Members of Appropriations Committee: It is especially important to build support with your lawmaker if s/he is a member of the Senate or House Appropriations Committee. That goes double if they also serve on the Sate/Foreign Operations Subcommittee, which is responsible for most all international affairs funding, including Peace Corps. You can find a list of appropriators and contact information below.
- Personalize Your Message: Share a thought or two about your Peace Corps experience or why – even in these challenging fiscal times – Peace Corps is so important to our nation.
- NOTE: Special Action Expected in March: Please be aware that in March we expect a major action in the House of Representatives and (possibly) the Senate, with the circulation of “Dear Colleague” letters that your representatives can sign onto, urging support for strong Peace Corps funding.
- Please Help Spread the Word: Pass this action along to at least five neighbors, family or friends who are also constituents of your rerpesentatives, and ask them to take similar action. Then, contact us at email@example.com to let us know you took action.
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.
The following chronology updates several key actions related to the current, Fiscal Year 2014 Peace Corps budget
- Early Appeal from NPCA and Member Groups: In December, 2012, National Peace Corps Association representatives sent a letter to President Obama – signed by 115 member groups – requesting strong funding for the Peace Corps for Fiscal Year 2014. Fiscal Year 2013 funding stood at $375 million.
- National Day of Action: As part of our annual Day of Action on February 28, 2013, more than 90 members of the Peace Corps community came to Capitol Hill to make the case for strong Peace Corps funding.
- Sequester Hits Peace Corps: On April 1, 2013, after Congress failed to reach a bi-partisan agreement on reducing the federal deficit, Peace Corps and most other programs were subjected to an across-the-board spending cut of approximately five percent. Peace Corps reported that would result in a reduction of $19 million for the final six months of the current fiscal year.
- House Letter Sets New Record: Starting on March 20, 2013, the Peace Corps community assisted Congressman Sam Farr (D-CA) and the other four RPCVs in the House of Representatives (Petri, Garamendi, Honda, Kennedy) is urging support for a Dear Colleague letter urging $400 million for the Peace Corps for Fiscal Year 2014. This increase would return Peace Corps to funding levels achieved three years earlier. A record 142 Congressmen/women added their name to this letter.
- President’s Request Seeks to Restore Funds: President Obama delivered his budget to Congress on April 10, 2013. In his request, he seeks to restore the funding reduced by the sequester, plus an additional one percent in funding. His total Peace Corps request amounts to approximately $378 million.
- Peace Corps Budget Justification to Congress: In its budget document to Congress, the Peace Corps promotes advances in strategic partnerships, training, safety and security and its online application process. At the same time, the agency projects the number of volunteers and trainees in the field could drop below 7,000 in the current fiscal year, a nearly 20% reduction from two years ago, and the first time volunteer numbers could drop below 7,000 in a decade.
- House Appropriators Set the Bar Low: During the week of May 20, 2013, the House Appropriations Committee reportedly finalized its decisions on dollar allotments for the twelve subcommittees that fund the entire federal government. For the State/Foreign Operations Subcommittee (which covers Peace Corps and the entire International Affairs Budget), the full committee alloted $40 billion, a significant and – according to the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition – disproportionate cut to our nation’s diplomatic and international development programs.
- House Committee Recommends Static Peace Corps Funding: On July 19, 2013, the House Appropriations Committee recommended $356 million for the Peace Corps for Fiscal Year 2014. This figure is equal to the same level of funding for the current fiscal year in the aftermath of the sequestration cuts.
- Senate Committee Recommendation for Peace Corps is Stronger: The Senate Appropriations Committee met on July 25, 2013 and recommended a funding level of $385 million for the Peace Corps. This figure is 8.5 percent higher than the House recommendation. It would restore Peace Corps funding to pre-sequester levels and further increase funding by approximately three percent.