Yesterday, the President signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. At the White House signing, Obama drew attention to what the Kennedy Family has done in the name of service. While Ted Kennedy is known more for his fights for health care and being the “lion in the senate” he has also pushed to increase the budget for national service. We RPCVs wonder, however, when anyone will get around to the Peace Corps and increase our numbers, our budget.
MorePeaceCorps, which NPCA President Kevin Quigley reminded me recently was his idea, his campaign, have been collecting signatures from every congressman and congresswoman on Capital Hill. Daily I get reminders from the NPCA of how great they are doing on the Hill with their signature petition.
Nevertheless, when I spoke to the lovely Obama official camped out at Peace Corps HQ yesterday, she had yet to meet Kevin Quigley, and only had a vague idea of who he was! What gives, Kevin? I know for a fact that Kevin is tight with Utah Republican, and former Peace Corps Deputy Director (now interim director) Jody Olsen, who has been kept behind at the agency to sign leave slips and hall passes, but Kevin, as the President and CEO of the NPCA, should be pounding on doors and shouting out the windows of the Peace Corps building. “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!!”
Well, maybe Kevin never saw the movie.