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April 07, 2009

Help Preserve the Promise of Peace Corps

Success! 36 US Senators including Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV) Sign Dodd/Corker Letter to Senators Leahy (VT) and Gregg (NH)
Thank you for making a difference. In some cases even one letter or phone call led to a signature.

Thirty-six senators including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV), Assistant Majority Leader Richard Durbin (IL), Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, Senator John Kerry (MA), Chair of the Veteran Affairs committee, Senator Daniel Akaka (HI), Chair of Armed Services committee, Senator Carl Levin (MI), Ranking Member of the select committee on Intelligence, Senator Kit Bond (MO), and Chair of the Health, Education, and Labor committee, Senator Edward Kennedy (MA), signed the Dodd (CT)/Corker (TN) letter urging Senators Patrick Leahy (VT) and Judd Gregg (NH) to provide robust funding to Peace Corps in FY 2010.
This is a big step forward and a credit to the time you devoted to making phone calls and writing letters. Special thanks to Ben Weingrod and Stacie Oliver in Senators Dodd and Corker’s offices. The letter is now closed, but you should continue pressuring your Senators to support $450 m. to Peace Corps in FY 2010. The subcommittee could meet as early as May 2009 to begin deciding Peace Corps’ budget!

Please Help Pass the Peace Corps Expansion Act 2009 (HR 1066) – 96 Congressmen/women so far. Can we get to 218?
You are making a difference. Please keep pushing co-sponsorship of HR 1066!
Congressman Sam Farr (CA-17, Colombia 64-66) introduced the Peace Corps Expansion Act 2009 on February 13, 2009 with 40 co-sponsors, and today it has nearly 100! We must pass this short and sweet bill which calls for $450, $600, and $750 m. to Peace Corps in FY 2010, 2011, and 2012. Just yesterday, the 96th endorsement on this Bill came from Illinois-10 Congressman Mark Steven Kirk, a Republican member of the Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Peace Corps.

How can you help? Click here now to see if your representative has signed on! Then, go to our website and follow the easy steps we’ve laid out OR, call 877 851-6437 and ask to be connected to your rep and urge him or her to co-sponsor HR 1066. Questions? Contact: rajeev@morepeacecorps.org or jonathan@rpcv.org.
There are 40 members of Congress who signed the Dear Colleague letter urging $450 million in FY 2010 but who have not yet co-sponsored the Peace Corps Expansion Act 2009. If you are a constituent or have contact with any of our supporters on this list , please ask them to take the next step and co-sponsor this important legislation. If we could get these 40, we would be up to 136 co-sponsors! This would be hard for the appropriations subcommittee members to ignore! Go to list.

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