November 19, 2004: Headlines: Congress: Legislation: Appropriations: Thomas: Peace Corps is funded at $320 million, $12 million above FY04 and $81 million below the President's request.

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By Admin1 (admin) (pool-151-196-36-89.balt.east.verizon.net - 151.196.36.89) on Saturday, November 27, 2004 - 8:36 pm: Edit Post

Peace Corps is funded at $320 million, $12 million above FY04 and $81 million below the President's request.

Peace Corps is funded at $320 million, $12 million above FY04 and $81 million below the President's request.



Read and comment on this story from Thomas that under the Consolidated Appropriations Bill that has been passed by the House and Senate the Peace Corps will receive $320 Million for FY05. The Peace Corps received a direct appropriation of $310 M last year (later reduced to $308 M) plus $20 M that was authorized to be transferred from the Global AIDS Initiative to the Peace Corps for HIV/AIDS activities for a total of $328 M for FY04. The bottom line is that there has been no increase in Peace Corps funding this year. If anything, there has been a slight decrease.

President Bush promised in his State of the Union address in February 2002 to double the size of the Peace Corps within 5 years which would have required annual 15% increases in Peace Corps appropriations over a five year period.

Promises not funded are promises not kept.

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Foreign Operations

FY04 Enacted: $17.5 billion
FY05 President's Request: $21.4 billion

FY05 Bill: $19.8 billion

Addressing the AIDS Pandemic

Provides a total of $2.3 billion in global assistance to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, $99 million above the Presidentís request and $690 million more than FY04. Within this $2.3 billion, $858 million is provided for bilateral assistance through the Child Survival and Health Programs Fund and $1.385 billion is provided to the Global AIDS initiative. $600 million in global assistance is anticipated in the Labor-HHS appropriations bill, bringing total funding to $2.9 billion, $99 million above the presidentís request and the highest level in history.

An Innovative Approach to Foreign Assistance

The bill provides record level funding the Presidentís signature foreign assistance initiative, the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Total funding is $1.5 billion, $500 million above last year.

Supporting the Global War on Terror

The bill provides significant increases in security assistance to our allies in the global war on terrorism. It also increases resources for our anti-narcotic programs abroad.

Provides $73 million increase for Foreign Military Financing for Israel to assist in their security and counter-terror efforts. Total funding is $2.2 billion, the same as the Presidentís request. Also fully funds the President's $360 million request for economic assistance to Israel.

The bill provides an increase of $350 million, for a total of $400 million to train and equip the new Afghan National Army;

A new base program of $300 million for military assistance for Pakistan as they assist us in hunting terrorists along the Afghan border;

Fully funds the President's $1.3 billion request for Foreign Military Financing for Egypt. Also fully funds the President's $535 million request for economic assistance to Egypt.

nternational Narcotics Control is funded at $329 million, $89 million above last year and $30 million below the request and fully funds the President's request for Mexico and Afghanistan.

The Andean Counter drug Initiative is funded at $731 million, the same as the Presidentís request.

Other Items of Interest:

Provides $403 million in humanitarian and refugee assistance for Sudan. Including $93 million as an emergency appropriation, $75 million of which is for logistical and equipment support of the Africa Union Security Force. $95 million in humanitarian assistance was provided earlier this year in the FY05 Defense appropriations bill.

Includes $800 million for refugee programs, $50 million more than the President's request and $14 million more than last year's level.

Provides $441 million for bilateral international family planning programs, and $25 million for the UNFPA. Retains current law on restrictions and prohibitions on assistance.

Peace Corps is funded at $320 million, $12 million above FY04 and $81 million below the President's request.

Total funding of the Agency for International Development (USAID) is $4.2 billion, $221 million above the request and $254 million less than FY04.

The U.S. contribution to the multilateral development banks are funded at a level of $1.2 billion, $264 million less than the request and $154 million less than last year.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is funded at $108 million, $13 million below the Presidentís request and $31 million below last year.




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By RPCVJames (12.148.149.14) on Wednesday, December 01, 2004 - 10:42 am: Edit Post

What's the big deal? Peace Corps got more money than it ever had in history for 04 and they still closed down many programs and sites and reduced recruitment. Maybe if they got another increase in funding they could close even more programs?

By J Rivers (daniel41.labs.clemson.edu - 130.127.140.41) on Wednesday, December 01, 2004 - 2:26 pm: Edit Post

Unfunded mandates and ideas are part of Bush domestic policy. Why would anyone be surprised that Bush would promise to increase PC Volunteers and then leave little to no money to do so? How is that No Child Left Behind Mandate going?

Read: "No Volunteer Left Behind"

By Carl Benander (h-68-167-10-82.cmbrmaor.covad.net - 68.167.10.82) on Wednesday, December 01, 2004 - 6:42 pm: Edit Post

My math shows a 4% increase, not a decrease. During my PC years, I saw very little actual waste of money, and I myself, given the politician's tendency to throw money at a problem, would be hesitant to suggest anything other than slow and steady growth of PC. Bush's "promise" to double the size of PC is great, but should be possibly done over a 10 yr period, rather than 5.Then we would have more confidence that our tax money would be more wisely spent. Carl Benander (Kenya 1998-2000)

By RPCV (user-uinj43h.dialup.mindspring.com - 165.121.144.113) on Thursday, December 02, 2004 - 3:11 am: Edit Post

Treat Volunteers correctly and the Congress and the American people will fund it correctly. When Peace Corps Directors don't change the culuture of cover up at Med services, in bogus separations and bad policy regarding safety this is what you get, a half baked budget. They deserve it. Don't reward failure.

The extra twelve million should go to the victims of violence in service fund and veterans who were wrongfully separated because they were attacked during service and the Peace Corps disregarded them.

Vasquez is a liar. Take another trip Gaddi, you got some more money now from us suckers paying your bill. I here the Republican sucking sound again.

RPCV

By Peter (82.200.196.216.dial.online.kz - 82.200.196.216) on Friday, December 03, 2004 - 12:10 am: Edit Post

Last time I checked this article, it said that it was Congress who did not give Peace Corps the money, it and President Bush, requested. So, unless my reading skills are way off, President Bush is not to blame and statements like "Promises not funded are promises not kept" just smack of the partisanship that controls this site. President Bush is doing only what he can and he cannot control Congress and the Appropriations Committee so LAY OFF!


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