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Friday April 26, 2024

111 House Reps Sign Annual Peace Corps Funding Letter

The annual House Peace Corps funding Dear Colleague letter is now closed, but not before 111 lawmakers demonstrated their support.


By Jonathan Pearson


On Thursday, April 25, RPCV Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), and fellow Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA), the Co-Chairs of the House Peace Corps Caucus, began circulating the annual Peace Corps funding Dear Colleague letter. This year’s letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee for State/Foreign Operations, urges support for President Biden’s request of $479 million for the Peace Corps for the fiscal year that begins in October (FY 2025). This would represent an eleven percent increase over current funding.

A Quick Turnaround

Facing a very quick deadline, the Peace Corps community came together to contact members of the House of Representatives to urge them to sign this year’s letter. While the letter is now closed, you can still write your Reps to thank them for signing the letter (or expressing disappointment if they did not).

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Read this year’s final House letter or find the text of the letter (without the signatures) at the bottom of this page.

Who signed the letter?

Below is the list (by state) of Representatives who have signed this year’s Garamendi-Graves Peace Corps Funding Dear Colleague Letter for Fiscal Year 2025.

DEADLINE to sign on: 6:00 PM (ET), April 30, 2024 (This letter is now closed)

SIGNATURES as of 2:00 PM (ET), May 1, 2024: 111

ADDITIONAL SIGNATURES that were needed to match 2023 letter: 25


American Samoa: Radewagen

Arizona: Gallego, Grijalva

California: Barragan, Bera, Brownley, Carbajal, Cardenas, Chu, Correa, DeSaulnier, Eshoo, Garamendi (co-author), Huffman, Kamlager-Dove, Khana, Levin, Lieu, Matsui, Porter, Ruiz, Sanchez, Schiff, Swalwell, Thompson, Vargas

Colorado: Crow, Neguse

Connecticut: Courtney, Hayes, Himes, Larson

District of Columbia: Norton

Florida: Moskowitz, Wilson

Georgia: Bishop, Johnson, McBath, David Scott, Williams

Hawaii: Tokuda

Illinois: Budzinski, Casten, Davis, Foster, Jackson, Kelly, Krishnamoorthi

Indiana: Carson

Kansas: Davids

Louisiana: Graves (co-author)

Maryland: Raskin, Sarbanes

Massachusetts: Auchincloss, Keating, Lynch, McGovern, Moulton, Neal, Pressley, Trahan

Maine: Golden, Pingree

Michigan: Dingell, Kildee, Slotkin, Stevens

Minnesota: Craig, Phillips

Missouri: Cleaver

Nevada: Titus

New Hampshire: Kuster, Pappas

New Jersey: Kim, Pascrell, Sherrill

New Mexico: Stansbury

New York: Bowman, Clarke, Lawler, Meeks, Molinaro, Ryan, Tonko

North Carolina: Adams, Nickel

Northern Marianas: Sablan

Ohio: Beatty, Brown

Oregon: Blumenauer, Bonamici, Hoyle

Pennsylvania: Boyle, Evans, Wild*

Puerto Rico: Gonzalez-Colon

Tennessee: Cohen

Texas: Allred, Escobar, Fletcher, Vicente Gonazlez, Veasey

Virgin Islands: Plaskett

Virginia: Beyer, Connolly, McClellan, Spanberger

Washington: DelBene, Larsen, Strickland

Wisconsin: Moore

*Representative Wild’s signature came in after the letter was assembled, but her support was forwarded to the Appropriations subcommittee

Here’s the text of the House Peace Corps funding letter.

The Honorable Mario Diaz-Balart, Chairman
House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations
Washington, D.C. 20515

The Honorable Barbara Lee, Ranking Member
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Chairman Diaz-Balart and Ranking Member Lee,

We respectfully request you provide $479,000,000 for the Peace Corps in the forthcoming “Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act” for fiscal year 2025, consistent with the President’s budget request for fiscal year 2025.

This requested funding level would enable Peace Corps operations globally, while supporting the volunteers who choose to serve. The Peace Corps represent a vital aspect of American diplomacy and engagement. Volunteers teach English, support economic development, and develop programs in coordination with communities around the world. Their work builds lasting relationships and builds the United States’ international partnerships. Particularly in times of rising tensions, our Peace Corps is a critical, cost-effective investment which supports the United States, the Volunteers, and the communities they work in.

Peace Corps Volunteers serve our country in remote, challenging environments. In recent years, the Peace Corps has taken steps to improve further the health, safety, and wellbeing of its Volunteers. Funding at $479 million for fiscal year 2025 would ensure that this progress continues so Volunteers can carry on reinforcing American ideals and providing support for developing nations.

Thank you for your leadership and past efforts to provide the Peace Corps with the resources needed to support the next generation of American leaders who volunteer abroad.


Story updated May 1, 2024 at 3:00 p.m. ET

Jonathan Pearson is Director of Advocacy for National Peace Corps Association. Write him at [email protected]

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