2007: Increased Funding for Peace Corps
When Congress considers funding for the Peace Corps, quite often the Senate and House of Representatives propose different funding levels and often reach final agreement by splitting the difference of their two proposals. In 2007, NPCA worked with key lawmakers to meet the funding level requested by President Bush. This marked the third time in the previous ten years that Peace Corps was funded at the level sought by the President.
Securing this level came when NPCA worked with RPCV Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and others to pass an amendment to add $10 million for the Peace Corps for Fiscal Year 2008. Senate approval of the increase resulted in $333.5 million for the Peace Corps. While a majority of these extra dollars were used to pay for increased fuel prices and other costs associated with a devalued dollar, those resources helped to keep programs and operations stable.