Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Action Alert! Peace Corps Funding needs your help


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webpage at http://www.rpcv.org/advocacy.
Dear NPCA Advocates:

This Thursday, the full Senate Appropriations Committee is going to be
considering spending levels for Foreign Operations programs including
the Peace Corps. The meeting is referred to as a "mark-up" session,
where Committee members will review spending levels and vote on final

If your Senator is a member of the Appropriations Committee, we need
you to take action now! (see list at the very end of this message to
see if you need to take action)

The House of Representatives has already voted to support the
President's Peace Corps request of $333.5 Million, which is about a
4.5% increase. In recent years, the Senate has recommended funding
levels lower than that of the House (and the President) for Peace

ACTION REQUEST (BY PHONE - Phone numbers listed below)

If listed below, call your Senator and leave this message: "I'm
calling to ask Senator ______ to support no less than the President's
request of $333.5 Million for the Peace Corps, during Thursday's
Committee mark-up of the Foreign Operations bill."


Follow this link to be connected to websites of your Senators for
email or fax information.


Use the following text as a guide when preparing your message. Please
modify and personalize as you wish:

Dear Senator ______,

As a strong supporter of the Peace Corps, I seek your leadership
during Thursday's mark up of the Foreign Operations bill to ensure
that Peace Corps receives no less than $333.5 Million, as requested by
the President and supported (last week) in the House of

The person-to-person interactions exemplified by Peace Corps
volunteers are exactly what we need more of, as the United States
seeks to regain its position as a respected leader and trusted friend.
Unfortunately, congressional funding for Peace Corps in the past two
years has resulted in a slight decrease in the current number of
volunteers in the field.

As we approach Peace Corps' 50th anniversary, I seek your support in
re-doubling efforts to expand opportunities for Peace Corps service.
An FY 2008 appropriation that at least meets the President's request
is an important first step.




ALABAMA: Richard Shelby (202-224-5744)

ALASKA: Ted Stevens (202-224-3004)

CALIFORNIA: Dianne Feinstein (202-224-3841)

COLORADO: Wayne Allard (202-224-5941)

HAWAII: Daniel Inouye (202-224-3934)

IDAHO: Larry Craig (202-224-2752)

ILLINOIS: Richard Durbin (202-224-2152)

IOWA: Tom Harkin (202-224-3254)

KANSAS: Sam Brownback (202-224-6521)

KENTUCKY: Mitch McConnell (202-224-2541)

LOUISIANA: Mary Landrieu (202-224-5824)

MARYLAND: Barbara Mikulski (202-224-4654)

MISSISSIPPI: Thad Cochran (202-224-5054)

MISSOURI: Kit Bond (202-224-5721)

NEBRASKA: Ben Nelson (202-224-6551)

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Judd Gregg (202-224-3324)

NEW JERSEY: Frank Lautenberg (202-224-3224)

NEW MEXICO: Pete Domenici (202-224-6621)

NORTH DAKOTA: Byron Dorgan (202-224-2551)

PENNSYLVANIA: Arlen Specter (202-224-4254)

RHODE ISLAND: Jack Reed (202-224-4642)

TENNESSEE: Lamar Alexander (202-224-4944)

TEXAS: Kay Bailey Hutchison (202-224-5922)

UTAH: Robert Bennett (202-224-5444)

VERMONT: Patrick Leahy (202-224-4242)

WASHINGTON: Patty Murray (202-224-2621)

WEST VIRGINIA: Robert Byrd (202-224-3954)

WISCONSIN: Herb Kohl (202-224-5653)

Jonathan Pearson (Micronesia 87 - 89)
Advocacy Coordinator
National Peace Corps Association
1900 L Street NW, Suite 404
Washington, DC 20036
202-293-7728, ext. 21
fax: 202-293-7554

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