Last week, the House of Representatives’ State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee approved a $46.15 million funding increase for the Peace Corps in 2011. In this time of fiscal austerity, it was a big win. Read about it here.
Now, the key vote will be in the Senate.
Within the next 2 weeks, the 15 Members of the Senate State and Foreign Operations subcommittee, led by Chairman Patrick Leahy (VT) and Ranking Member Judd Gregg (NH), will likely decide whether or not to support the $46 million increase, which has been endorsed by over 30 Senators thanks to the efforts of Senators Chris Dodd (CT) and Bob Corker (TN).
If you are a constituent of one of the 15 subcommittee members, please contact your Senator now (sample text below, please personalize). You can also help by forwarding this newsletter on to friends and family urging them to take action. Key phone numbers and website links are listed below.
One very positive factor is that the $46.15 million increase (already passed by the House subcommittee) is supported by the Administration, and the Senate subcommittee supported the President’s request last year. But this is no guarantee that it will do so again.
If you are a constituent of one of the 15 Subcommittee Members, call now and say (please personalize and adapt this text):
I am calling from ____ to encourage Senator ____ to support $46.15 million in additional funding for the Peace Corps in 2011. This is the amount requested by the administration’s budget to strengthen and expand the agency. Since 1961, Peace Corps volunteers have served the needs of people in developing countries while shaping how those people view America. Today, new countries are appealing for Peace Corps programs. Please take this momentous opportunity and support the $46.15 million increase recently approved by the House subcommittee. I appreciate your support.
- Senator Patrick Leahy (Chairman) (VT) (202) 224-4242
- Senator Daniel Inouye (HI) 202-224-3934
- Senator Tom Harkin (IA) 202-224-3254
- Senator Barbara Mikulski (MD) (202) 224-4654
- Senator Richard Durbin (IL) (202) 224-2152
- Senator Tim Johnson (SD) (202) 224-5842
- Senator Mary Landrieu (LA) (202) 224-5824
- Senator Frank Lautenberg (NJ) (202) 224-3224
- Senator Arlen Specter (PA) 202-224-4254