Help RPCV Congressman Farr Fight for Peace Corps Funding
By Jonathan Pearson on Tuesday, April 12th, 2011
In March, Sam Farr received NPCA’s Congressional Leadership Award
As Peace Corps braces for budget cuts for the remainder of the current Fiscal Year, RPCV Congressman Sam Farr (D-CA) is circulating an annual Peace Corps Funding Dear Colleague letter for Fiscal Year 2012.
Joined by fellow RPCVs Mike Honda (D-CA) and John Garamendi (D-CA), the letter requests support for President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2012 Peace Corps funding request of $440 million.
Prepare to Take Action:
Follow this link to read the Dear Colleague letter.
See the list at the bottom of this action to find out if your lawmaker has already signed the letter. If they have already signed, say “thank you”!
If you are not sure who your Congressman/woman is, visit www.house.gov and go to the “Find Your Representative” link in the upper left hand corner.
Take Action Now:
Please help us get at least 100 House members to sign this letter!
Take Action by Phone:
If your lawmaker is not listed below, call the Capitol Hill switchboard (877-851-6437) and ask to speak to the office of your Congressman/woman.
Once connected, leave this message: “I am calling to express my deep disappointment in proposed cuts to the Peace Corps for the remainder of this fiscal year. Because of this, I urge Representative ____ to show support for the Peace Corps by signing the Farr-Honda-Garamendi letter, which supports President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2012 request of $440 million for the Peace Corps. The deadline for signing onto this letter is this Friday. Please contact Congressman Farr’s office to sign onto the letter.”
Take Action By Email:
Follow this link to send an email to your Congressman/woman.
Use the following sample letter as a guide. Please edit and personalize your email message, referencing why Peace Corps is important to you.
Dear Representative ______,
I respectfully request that you sign onto the Farr-Honda-Garamendi Dear Colleague letter, which supports President Obama’s request of $440 million for the Peace Corps for Fiscal Year 2012.
Support for this level of funding will support the tremendous advances Congress has provided in the last few years. The 8,600 Peace Corps volunteers who are at work for our nation overseas need and deserve our continued support.
Sharp reductions in funding for the Peace Corps will stop or reverse the tremendous progress that has occurred. There is interest in having volunteers serve in additional nations such as Haiti and South Sudan. The President’s request will place even more volunteers in the field at a time of increased interest in serving.
In this 50th anniversary year, when attention to the Peace Corps is dramatically on the rise, please continue opportunities for citizens who want to serve their country through cooperative engagement, an important component to our nation’s foreign policy and national security.
Signatures for this Peace Corps Dear Colleague letter are being collected by Caitie Whelan in Congressman Farr’s office. Please contact this office and sign on at your earliest convenience.
(Your Name, Address, and connection to the Peace Corps if applicable)
House Members Who Signed the Letter:
If your lawmaker appears below, s/he has signed the Dear Colleague letter. Reach out to these Congressmen/women to say “Thank You”!
California: Costa, Farr, Garamendi, Honda, Matsui, Richardson, Woolsey
New Jersey: Payne, Rothman
New York: Hinchey, Maloney, Towns
Wisconsin: Baldwin, Moore
Others: Bordallo (Guam), Sablan (CNMI)