Tuesday, June 02, 2009

An Opportunity to Help President Obama Help the Peace Corps

Date: Mon, Jun 1, 2009 at 10:15 PM
Subject: An Opportunity to Help President Obama Help the Peace Corps

Dear Terrence,

On June 18th, Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D, NY) and her sub-committee will mark-up the Foreign Operations Appropriation Bill for FY 2010.

This is a critical opportunity to help the Peace Corps acquire the resources needed to be a better and bolder 21st century organization.

In President Obama's FY 2010 budget, he asked for $374 million for the Peace Corps, far below the level required to meet his campaign pledge of doubling the Peace Corps by the time of the 50th Anniversary.

Since historically the Congress appropriates less money than the President requests, we have a huge challenge before us.

By working together, two weeks ago we bucked this trend and the House Foreign Relations Committee's bill authorized $450 million for the Peace Corps in FY 2010.

We now need your help in asking Congresswoman Lowey and her subcommittee to do the same.

Visit our blog for information on how to contact her and her subcommittee. Urge them to provide $450 million so that we can help the President achieve his often-stated Peace Corps goal. On our blog you'll also find a link to a compelling open letter to Congresswoman Lowey from Nepal RPCV Larry Leamer.

And while you are online, sign up for our new social networking website, www.peacecorpsconnect.org. If you become the 12,000th member, we will profile you and your Peace Corps connection in our next e-newsletter.

With thanks for your ongoing interest in the Peace Corps,

Kevin F. F. Quigley
Thailand, 1976-79
President, National Peace Corps Association

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