On June 18, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs (chaired by New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey) is expected to mark up the Fiscal Year 2010 International Affairs Budget (which includes funding for the Peace Corps).
This may prove one of the most crucial moments in the history of Peace Corps.
If Rep. Lowey appropriates the full $450 million recently recommended by the House Foreign Affairs Committee, she will have seized a historic opportunity to provide the Peace Corps with the resources it needs to become a 21st Century organization and to advance the new President's agenda to restore U.S. standing in the world.
That’s how big the stakes are.
We do not want to tie up Rep. Lowey’s phones but we are asking her constituents in the days before June 18th to call 202-225-6505 and express their sentiments. If your Congress member is on the House Appropriations Subcommittee, please call that representative; the names and numbers are listed below. All others we are asking to e-mail Lowey@morepeacecorps.org to express your feelings in support of a robustly funded Peace Corps. The More Peace Corps campaign, an initiative of the National Peace Corps Association, will assemble these e-mails and present them to the Congresswoman.
HOUSE APPROPRIATION SUBCOMMITTEE ON STATE, FOREIGN OPERATIONS MEMBERS
(IF YOU ARE A CONSTITUENT OF ANY OF THESE LAWMAKERS, CALL THEM TO URGE A $450 MILLION PEACE CORPS APPROPRIATION. IF YOU ARE NOT A CONSTITUENT, THINK OF SOMEONE YOU KNOW IN THEIR DISTRICT AND ASK THEM TO TAKE ACTION)
Nita M. Lowey (NY) (Chair) 202 225-6506
Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. (IL) 202 225-0773
Adam Schiff (CA) 202 225-4176
Steve Israel (NY) 202 225-3335
Ben Chandler (KY) 202 225-4706
Steven R. Rothman (NJ) 202 225-5061
Barbara Lee (CA) 202 225-2661
Betty McCollum (MN) 202 225-6631
David R. Obey (WI), Ex Officio 202 225-3365