Advocate for Peace Corps Funding
Suzanne Smith, Advocacy Chair
Between now and Jan. 15, 2014, the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) is asking supporters of Peace Corps to reach out to their members of Congress to request strong funding to support the Peace Corps program.
On Dec. 18 the Senate passed a budget plan for federal fiscal year (FY) 2014, which runs from Oct. 1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2014. The Senate and House Appropriations Committees now have until Jan. 15 to assemble appropriation bills following this budget plan. However, it remains unclear on whether both the Senate and the House will fully consider each of the 12 appropriations bills, including the State/Foreign Operations appropriations bill which, amongst other programs, funds Peace Corps. The request is to provide $385 million for Peace Corps for FY2014.
Additionally, if Congress follows the Senate’s version of the appropriations bill it will mean support for the implementation of the Peace Corps Equity Act, explained in detail at: http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/support-equity-act/, and a request to expand/improve the Non-Competitive Eligibility benefits.
NPCA has drafted a sample letter that can be used when contacting member of Congress. The sample letter, along with further information and links to the websites for individual members of Congress, can be found at: http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/2013/12/peace-corps-funding-action-alert/. Show you support for Peace Corps and send a message to Colorado’s Senators and your Representatives.
Save the Date: Day of Action
The 2014 Day of Action is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 27. This will mark the 10th anniversary of the Day of Action. Further details on the exact advocacy request will be coming from the NPCA in the near future. For now plan to celebrate the 2014 Day of Action with the RPCVs of Colorado during our Feb. 27 happy hour, taking place at Stoney's Bar and Grill. Similar to 2013, we’ll provide a couple computers so that you can socialize and write to your members of Congress during the happy hour.