August 2, 2002 - Peace Corps Online: Comgressman Mark Kirk introduces alternative Peace Corps Bill

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Comgressman Mark Kirk introduces alternative Peace Corps Bill

Read and comment on HR 5255 introduced in Congress on July 26 by Congressman Mark Kirk (R-IL) shown in the photo above titled the "Peace Corps Expansion Act of 2002." This is the second bill introduced in Congress to expand the Peace Corps.

HR 5255 has not been posted on the Thomas website yet but Congressman Kirk's Press Secretary Dodie McCracken told us today that the bill has ten co-sponsors including RPCV Congressmen Chris Shays (R - CT), James Walsh (R - NY), and Thomas Petri (R - WI).

Congressman Kirk's bill provides the authorization of appropriations for fiscal years 2003 through 2007 (with $488 million in 2007) to carry out doubling the number of Peace Corps volunteers to 14,000. The bill does not include any other legislative clauses regarding the Peace Corps.

Senator Chris Dodd and Congressman Sam Farr previously introduced S 2667 and HR 4979, the Peace Corps Act for the 21st Century, on June 20 and it has eight co-sponsors including RPCVs Tony Hall (D - OH) , Michael Honda (D - CA), and Thomas Petri (R - WI).

Senator Chris Dodd and Congressman Sam Farr's bill includes an appropriation authorization of $560 million by 2007 and also includes a restatement of the independence of the Peace Corps, new reporting to Congress on Country Security and student loan forgiveness, special volunteer placement in Muslim countries, training for all volunteers in global infectious diseases, re-activation of the Peace Corps Advisory Board, an increase in the monthly volunteer re-adjustment allowance from $125 to $275 per month, and a $10 million annual Peace Corps Innovation Fund to fund RPCV third goal activities.

Congressman Kirk has extensive foreign relations experience. He served as an officer on the World Bank's International Finance Corporation in 1990. He joined the State Department and worked on the Central American peace process as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for inter-American Affairs at the U.S. State Department from 1992-1993. From 1993-1995, Kirk practiced law with the international firm of Baker & MacKenzie where his field of expertise was international trade and finance.

In 1995, Kirk joined the staff of the U.S. House International Relations Committee as Counsel serving under Chairman Ben Gilman (R-NY). Kirk was responsible for foreign assistance legislation, but also built on his record of drafting legislation which became law including: rewards for the capture of war criminals, expansion of the Peace Corps, creation of the Global Program on AIDS, and the first debt-for-nature swap. Kirk also conducted congressional missions to 42 countries, including Bosnia, Kosovo and North Korea.

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Mr. KIRK introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on July 26, 2002.*

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Mr. KIRK introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on July 26, 2002.




To endorse expansion of the Peace Corps to 14,000 volunteers by 2007, to authorize appropriations for the Peace Corps for fiscal years 2003 through 2007, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Peace Corps Expansion Act of 2002’’.


Congress makes the following findings:

(1) In his State of the Union address on January 29, 2002, President George W. Bush called for doubling the number of Peace Corps volunteers to 14,000 by the end of fiscal year 2007.

(2) The Peace Corps currently is operating in 70 countries with 7,000 Peace Corps volunteers and an annual budget of approximately $275,000,000.

(3) Section 2(b) of the Peace Corps Act states that ‘‘it is the policy of the United States and a pur pose of the Peace Corps to maintain . . . a volunteer corps of at least 10,000 individuals’’, and in 1999 legislation was enacted authorizing the appropriation of funds sufficient to achieve this goal by the end of fiscal year 2003.

(4) The Peace Corps was established in 1961 to promote world peace and friendship through the service of American volunteers abroad.

(5) Since its establishment, the Peace Corps has operated in 135 countries with a total of approximately 165,000 Peace Corps volunteers.

(6) After more than 40 years of operation, the Peace Corps remains the world’s premier international service organization dedicated to promoting grassroots development.

(7) The Peace Corps remains committed to sending well-trained and well-supported volunteers overseas to promote peace, friendship, and grass roots development.


Congress declares its support for the goal announced by President Bush of doubling the number of Peace Corps volunteers to 14,000 by 2007.

SEC. 4. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEARS 2003 THROUGH 2007 TO CARRY OUT THE PEACE CORPS ACT. Section 3(b)(1) of the Peace Corps Act (22 U.S.C. 2502(b)(1)) is amended to striking ‘‘and $365,000,000 fiscal year 2003’’ and inserting ‘‘$320,000,000 for fiscal year 2003, $362,000,000 for fiscal year 2004, $404,000,000 for fiscal year 2005, $446,000,000 for fiscal year 2006, and $488,000,000 for fiscal year 2007’’.

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