The past two months featured multiple opportunities to demonstrate support for Peace Corps by advocating for strong funding in Federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. The recent advocacy efforts resulted in a record breaking 178 signatures for the two bi-partisan Peace Corps funding letters – 151 signatures for the House letter and 27 for the Senate. In Colorado, our thanks goes out the following Senators and Representatives for their support of Peace Corps:
Senators Udall and Bennet who signed the Feinstein-Isakson Peace Corps Funding Letter.
Representatives DeGette, Perlmutter and Polis signed the 2014 Farr-Petri-Hona-Garmendi-Kennedy Peace Corps Funding letter.
On a more sober note, recent advocacy efforts also included the request for members of Congress to sign onto a letter seeking justice in the investigation into the murder of Kate Puzey, who was murdered in 2009 while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin. The Kate Puzey Letter asks the U.S. State Department, FBI and Peace Corps Office of Inspector General to be more actively involved in assisting the Beninese government in solving the murder case. The letter was signed by 188 members of Congress – 84 Senators and 104 Representatives – including Senators Udall and Bennet and Representative Perlmutter from Colorado.
More information about all of the recent advocacy efforts can be found on the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) website at http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/advocacy/. Thank you to everyone who contacted their members of Congress in the most recent calls to action. Watch for more calls to action as Congress continues to work on the FY2015 budget.