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2024 Priorities

While the Peace Corps continues to have strong bipartisan support in Congress and across American society, we need further momentum and mobilization to re-build support for the Peace Corps as Volunteer numbers grow towards pre-pandemic numbers and countries where they are serving are close to surpassing pre-pandemic numbers!

Our key issues include the following:

Pass the Peace Corps Reauthorization Act

In 2022, during the closing days of the 117th Congress, we came very close to passing legislation that would have resulted in the first comprehensive reauthorization of the Peace Corps in more than twenty years. In the current Congress, the Peace Corps Reauthorization Act has been re-introduced in the Senate (S.1203) and also in the House (H.R. 1273). Both bills have a bi-partisan list of House and Senate co-sponsors. We have an uphill battle, as the current congress has passed very few pieces of legislation. Nevertheless, with items addressing Volunteer health and safety, federal employment enhancements for returning Volunteers, strategies to build up the Peace Corps’ presence in the Indo-Pacific region, and more, we need your help to keep moving this legislation forward.

Increase Funding for the Peace Corps

While specific legislation changes over the years, one constant component of our advocacy involves supporting strong funding for the Peace Corps. Current Peace Corps funding stands at $430 million. For seven years before that, funding from Congress was flat, causing the agency to lose significant purchasing power over that period. For the next fiscal year (Fiscal Year 2025), President Biden has proposed $479 million for the Peace Corps – an 11 percent increase over current spending. It is imperative that we urge Congress to support this increase, in order to further advance the complete revitalization of the Peace Corps.

Support Public Service Loan Forgiveness

In the House of Representatives, RPCV Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) this year introduced the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps Student Loan Forgiveness Act (H.R. 7457). As many recent college graduates answered the call to serve others, they should be provided full participation and recognition in the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. Read more here. Then, help us build support for this meaningful legislation.


Visit the National Peace Corps Association Action Center for the latest opportunities to write your members of Congress.

Contact us at [email protected] for additional steps you can take to be an advocacy champion for the Peace Corps.

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