Peace Corps Reauthorization Act of 2021

John Garamendi (Ethiopia 1966-68)

 The House Foreign Affairs Committee passed Rep. Garamendi’s H.R.4996, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute, last Thursday (9/30) by a strong bipartisan vote of 44 to 4. The 4 GOP no votes were Reps. Scott Perry (R-PA), Tim Burchett (R-TN), Greg Steube (R-FL), and Ronny Jackson (R-TX). The Committee defeated the only other amendment to H.R.4996, offered by Rep. Perry, which would have effectively defunded the Peace Corps (indefinitely) and did not solve the problem it purported to solve.

Here is Rep. Garamendi’s press release on Committee passage of his bill, which you are welcome to share: https://garamendi.house.gov/media/press-releases/house-foreign-affairs-committee-passes-garamendi-s-peace-corps-reauthorization

The Committee’s ANS made some substantive changes to the bill necessary in order to earn the support of Ranking Member McCaul (R-TX) and also incorporate feedback from the Peace Corps on the overall reauthorization. Team Garamendi is still digesting those changes and hopes to send a more detailed update in the coming days.

Rep. Garamendi is deeply grateful to Chairman Meeks for moving H.R.4996 and applauds the Committee’s strong bipartisan vote to report out H.R.4996. Team Garamendi now looks forward to pushing for H.R.4996 to be brought to a vote in the full House.

 

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  • Even though politics in public spaces have been emptied of mostly everything but advertisements in useless rags next to funnies and daily exposes, it is clear as in this good news about the Peace Corps Reauthorization Act of 2021 bluebirds still sing regardless. So sing out. .
    Edward Mycue Ghana One (1961).

  • This is great. Thank you to Representative Garamendi. However, it is far from a done deal. For reasons, I simply do not understand, the House is not passing any important legislation. The only bipartisan resolution passed was to extend existing funding for the government to early December. All of this is mute if the debt ceiling is not raised.

    I am outraged at the Democrats who, I believe, have allowed the Republicans, who did not win control of Congress in 2020, to dictate what the Democrats can and can not do.

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