Peace Corps funded at $410,500,000!



H.J.Res.31 – Consolidated Appropriations Act

For the Peace Corps

(including transfer of funds)

For necessary expenses to carry out the provisions of the Peace Corps Act (22 U.S.C. 2501 et seq.), including the purchase of not to exceed five passenger motor vehicles for administrative purposes for use outside of the United States, $410,500,000, of which $6,000,000 is for the Office of Inspector General, to remain available until September 30, 2020: Provided, That the Director of the Peace Corps may transfer to the Foreign Currency Fluctuations Account, as authorized by section 16 of the Peace Corps Act (22 U.S.C. 2515), an amount not to exceed $5,000,000: Provided further, That funds transferred pursuant to the previous proviso may not be derived from amounts made available for Peace Corps overseas operations: Provided further, That of the funds appropriated under this heading, not to exceed $104,000 may be available for representation expenses, of which not to exceed $4,000 may be made available for entertainment expenses: Provided further, That none of the funds appropriated under this heading shall be used to pay for abortions: Provided further, That notwithstanding the previous proviso, section 614 of division E of Public Law 113–76 shall apply to funds appropriated under this heading.

Personal Note:  National Peace Corps Association has lobbied Congress for this amount.  The President’s recommended budget was only for $396, 000,000 and the then Peace Corps Director had requested the same amount as the President.  NPCA and RPCV advocates lobbied, relentlessly, for the total amount of $410,500,000.  I believe Congress has shown full support for Peace Corps with this appropriation.

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