Senate Peace Corps Funding Letter Hits New Record!

Each spring, the Peace Corps community mobilizes to support letters issued in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives urging robust funding for the Peace Corps.

Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) circulated a Dear Colleague letter asking for an increase in Peace Corps funding, and the Peace Corps community responded. The Dear Colleague letter, an official correspondence sent by Members of Congress to encourage others to support or oppose a bill, received a record 41 signatures this year. That number surpassed the previous high of 37 signatures, achieved in both 2009 and 2018. 

Coupled with a record breaking House Dear Colleague letter and its 181 signatures, a combined 222 lawmakers, representing 41 percent of Congress (also a new record), demonstrated strong support for the Peace Corps. With such a high number of signatures, it is more likely that Congress will include an increase in Peace Corps's budget for the 2020 Fiscal Year.

To read the Senate letter, follow this link.

If you Senator(s) are listed below, follow this link to call or write them to thank them for signing the bi-partisan Isakson-Feinstein Peace Corps funding letter!

 

Senators who signed the Isakson-Feinstein Peace Corps Funding Letter

 

ARIZONA

Kyrsten Sinema

 

CALIFORNIA

Dianne Feinstein (co-author)

 

COLORADO

Michael Bennet

 

CONNECTICUT

Richard Blumenthal

Chris Murphy

 

DELAWARE

Tom Carper

Chris Coons

 

GEORGIA

Johnny Isakson (co-author)

 

HAWAII

Mazie Hirono

Brian Schatz

 

ILLINOIS

Tammy Duckworth

 

MAINE

Susan Collins

Angus King

 

MARYLAND

Ben Cardin

Chris Van Hollen

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Ed Markey

Eliabeth Warren

 

MICHIGAN

Gary Peters

Debbie Stabenow

 

MINNESOTA

Amy Klobuchar

Tina Smith

 

MONTANA

Jon Tester

 

NEVADA 

Catherine Cortez Masto

Jacky Rosen

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Maggie Hassan

Jeanne Shaheen

 

NEW JERSEY

Cory Booker

Robert Menendez

 

NEW MEXICO

Martin Heinrich

 

NEW YORK

Kirsten Gillibrand

 

NORTH CAROLINA

Thom Tillis

 

OHIO

Sherrod Brown

 

OREGON

Jeff Merkley

Ron Wyden

 

RHODE ISLAND

Jack Reed

 

VERMONT

Bernie Sanders

 

VIRGINIA

Tim Kaine

Mark Warner

 

WASHINGTON

Maria Cantwell

 

WEST VIRGINIA

Joe Manchin

 

WISCONSIN

Tammy Baldwin