(Note: If your Senator has not signed the letter, contact his office and urge him or her to do so today)
“If you want to ensure the future of the Peace Corps, contact your Senator(s) and urge them to sign a “Dear Colleague” letter circulated by Susan Collins (R-ME) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) asking for an increase in Peace Corps funding for the next fiscal year (FY 2021) which will commence on October 1st. It is imperative that the agency has the financial and human resources to get Volunteers back in the field as soon as possible.
The Dear Colleague letter, an official correspondence sent by Members of Congress to encourage others to support or oppose a bill, is just the beginning. There’s also legislation being circulated by Senators Todd Young (R-IN) and Richard Durbin (D-IL) requesting strong funding for all international affairs funding, including Peace Corps. Contact your Senators and urge them to sign on! The deadline to sign the letter is this Friday, April 10th.
Contact Your Senators
- Read the Senate letter here.
- Ask your Senator(s) to “sign the Feinstein-Collins Peace Corps funding Dear Colleague letter that is now circulating.”
- Write, edit, personalize and ask your Senator(s) to sign the letter (or, thank them if they already signed! – see list below).
- Find the phone number of your Senators if you want to contact them by phone.
Deadline to sign on: Friday, April 10th.
Signatures as of Thursday, April 9, 5:30 PM: 34 (see list below)
Additional Signatures Needed to Reach Last Year’s Record: 7
Senators who signed the Feinstein-Collins Peace Corps Funding Dear Colleague Letter (List of Current Signers Below)
California: Feinstein (co-author), Harris
Connecticut: Blumenthal, Murphy
Delaware: Carper, Coons
Maine: Collins (co-author), King
Maryland: Cardin, Van Hollen
Massachusetts: Markey, Warren
Michigan: Peters, Stabenow
Minnesota: Klobuchar, Smith
New Hampshire: Hassan, Shaheen
New Jersey: Booker
North Carolina: Tillis
Rhode Island: Reed, Whitehouse
Virginia: Kaine, Warner
West Virginia: Manchin