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John Garamendi

From the office of:

John Garamendi

Sending Office: Honorable John Garamendi
Sent By:
Danusia.Hubah@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

 

Peace Corps FY21 Appropriations Letter

NEW DEADLINE: March 11, COB

Dear Colleague,

As Co-Chairs of the Congressional Peace Corps Caucus, we encourage you to sign on to this letter to the leadership of the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Subcommittee requesting $450 million for the Peace Corps in FY2021.

The mission of the Peace Corps is more critical to the United States’ interests than ever before.  Immersed in the local language and culture, posted at the furthest reaches of the world, and trusted by local decision-makers and institutions, the Peace Corps’
grassroots diplomacy is not only cost-efficient and unequaled, it is urgently needed.  However, while the Peace Corps is receiving an influx of applications from potential Volunteers, the agency is hampered by its essentially flat funding levels since FY2016.

More Americans want to serve than the Peace Corps has the funding to absorb.  The ratio of annual applications to available Volunteer positions currently stands at over 4:1.  Additionally, five years of essentially flat funding has compelled the agency to
cut both pre-service and in-service training days to meet budget restrictions, meaning Volunteers get less time for language, technical, and cross-cultural training.  There are also health care policy issues within the agency that require increased budgetary
support, to improve health and safety conditions for Volunteers. 

Similar to members of our military and diplomatic corps, Peace Corps Volunteers take an oath to serve our country, and do so often in remote, challenging environments.  Increased funding is necessary to ensure that the Peace Corps can continue to perform
its vital mission, and fulfill its commitment to the health and safety of American citizens who choose to serve.

Help your constituents take on the toughest job they’ll ever love – the Peace Corps. To sign on, please contact Danusia Hubah at
Danusia.Hubah@mail.house.gov in Congressman Garamendi’s office.

 

JOHN GARAMENDI

JOSEPH P. KENNEDY III

GARRET GRAVES

Member of Congress

Member of Congress

Member of Congress

 

 

 

 


 

Dear Chairwoman Lowey and Ranking Member Rogers:

Thank you for your commitment to the Peace Corps. Because of your efforts, the agency is poised for even greater impact at a time when the unique role of the Peace Corps is urgently needed. To ensure the Peace Corps has the resources needed to further its
mission, we respectfully ask that you appropriate $450 million for fiscal year 2021.

Public support for Peace Corps remains strong, and its programs continue to renew and expand, but the agency’s potential is severely limited by its essentially flat funding levels in the past five years.  The agency’s budget allocation has not increased
beyond $410.5 million since Fiscal Year 2016, an amount that is the equivalent of nearly $450 million in today’s dollars.  This has effectively decreased the agency’s operating budget due to inflation, and it coincides with a period in which the Peace Corps
has received an influx of applications.

More Americans want to serve than the Peace Corps has the funding to absorb. The ratio of annual applications to available Volunteer positions currently stands at over 4:1.  Retired General Stanley McChrystal has called this gap between applicants and service
opportunities “democratic energy wasted and a generation of patriotism needlessly squandered.”  Additionally, five years of essentially flat funding has compelled the agency to cut both pre-service and in-service training days to meet budget restrictions,
meaning Volunteers get less time for language, technical, and cross-cultural training. 

The Peace Corps works to accomplish its legislative mandate within the context of unique security challenges, and the agency has taken steps to improve the health and safety of its Volunteers as it implements provisions within the Sam Farr Nick Castle
Peace Corps Reform Act of 2018 
(Public Law 115-256).  However, there remain residual health care policy issues within the agency that require increased budgetary support.  In particular, we need increased funding and compensation levels for Volunteers
temporarily or permanently disabled as a result of their service abroad. 

Similar to members of our military and diplomatic corps, Peace Corps Volunteers take an oath to serve our country, and do so often in remote, challenging environments.  Increased funding is necessary to ensure that Peace Corps can fulfill its commitment
to the health and safety of American citizens who choose to serve.

We thank you for your efforts to provide Peace Corps with the resources it needs to fuel the next generation of American leadership, and we respectfully ask that you make this $450 million investment in the agency for fiscal year 2021.

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