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1331Peace Corps Funding for FY 2012

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  • Ed & Maria Hromatka
    Dec 23, 2011
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      The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) today reported:

      "A Fiscal Year 2012 funding package that includes level funding of $375 million for the Peace Corps was signed into law Friday afternoon by President Obama.

      The possibility of Peace Corps seeing a slight cut in its funding appears to be averted – at least for now.  Last week, when the House of Representatives supported a spending package that included level funding for Peace Corps, they also voted for separate legislation to support an extra $8 billion in federal disaster relief funding.  Additionally, to pay for disaster relief the House voted for an across-the-board spending cut of 1.8 percent for non-defense discretionary spending.

      Had that cut taken effect, Peace Corps could have expected a funding reduction of approximately $7 million.  However, the Senate defeated the across-the-board recision, while voting in favor of both disaster assistance and the FY 2012 budget package.

      Peace Corps did suffer a 6.5% cut during congressional budget battles earlier this year. * * *"