February 7, 2005: Headlines: Presidents - Bush: Budget: Appropriations: Congress: White House: Bush proposes $345 Million (6.2% increase) for Peace Corps in 2006 Budget

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Make a call for the Peace Corps Date: February 19 2005 No: 451 Make a call for the Peace Corps
PCOL is a strong supporter of the NPCA's National Day of Action and encourages every RPCV to spend ten minutes on Tuesday, March 1 making a call to your Representatives and ask them to support President Bush's budget proposal of $345 Million to expand the Peace Corps. Important: Click here to sign up for your calls. We'll send out a reminder and have more details early next week.
Bush's FY06 Budget for the Peace Corps Date: February 7 2005 No: 436 Bush's FY06 Budget for the Peace Corps
The White House is proposing $345 Million for the Peace Corps for FY06 - a $27.7 Million (8.7%) increase that would allow at least two new posts and maintain the existing number of volunteers at approximately 7,700. Bush's 2002 proposal to double the Peace Corps to 14,000 volunteers appears to have been forgotten. The proposed budget still needs to be approved by Congress.

By Admin1 (admin) (pool-151-196-48-182.balt.east.verizon.net - on Monday, February 07, 2005 - 4:56 pm: Edit Post

Bush proposes $345 Million (8.7% increase) for Peace Corps in 2006 Budget

Bush proposes $345 Million (6.2% increase) for Peace Corps in 2006 Budget

Caption: Copies of the proposed 2006 U.S. budget lay on the table of the White House Cabinet room as President George W. Bush (news - web sites) (4th R) speaks to the press following a cabinet meeting in Washington, February 7, 2005. Bush on Monday proposed a $2.5 trillion budget that slashes domestic programs from farm aid to housing grants for the poor, as he sought to curb budget deficits that have soared on his watch. Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters

The White House released their 2006 Budget today which included a proposal to fund the Peace Corps at $345 Million for FY06. This is a $27.7 Million increase over this year's budget and would allow the Peace Corps to open at least two new posts and maintain the existing number of volunteers at approximately 7,700 volunteers in the field, the highest number in 29 years.

Bush's proposal in his 2002 State of the Union address to double the Peace Corps to 14,000 volunteers appears to have been forgotten. The proposed budget still needs to be approved by Congress and there is no guarantee that the Peace Corps will get the amount proposed. Read the complete story at:

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Diplomacy and International Assistance

Winning the War on Terror is the highest foreign policy priority of this Administration. America continues to work tirelessly with our many counterterrorism partners overseas to deny al-Qaida any safe harbor and to disrupt their terrorist plots. The President also continues to strengthen America’s defenses in the War on Terror. In support of that objective, programs in the Department of State and related international-affairs agencies are directed at assisting the development of freedom, democracy, and economic opportunity in Iraq and Afghanistan; providing support to our coalition partners; improving the peacekeeping capabilities of other nations; and encouraging the spread of democracy and freedom necessary to thwart terrorism’s advance.

Ø The President’s FY 2006 Budget builds on the successes of the last four years. It includes: Humanitarian Assistance Programs:

o $3.2 billion, an increase of $382 million, to continue the President’s five-year, $15 billion commitment to fight global HIV/AIDS;

o A commitment to help with the rehabilitation and reconstruction of countries devastated by the tsunamis and relief for the victims of the tsunamis;

o $1.2 billion for food aid, including a new initiative to provide $300 million in cash assistance, allowing emergency food aid to be provided more quickly to address the most urgent needs; and

o A commitment to help improve the economic and humanitarian crisis in Darfur as part of a FY 2005 Supplemental request.

Promoting Global Democracy and Prosperity:

o $3 billion, an increase of $1.5 billion, to expand the Millennium Challenge Account for foreign assistance, to encourage sound economic policies in the developing world;

o A $10-million contribution to the United Nations Democracy Fund to provide technical assistance to nations adopting democratic reforms;

o $360 million in economic assistance to help the Iraqi government deliver basic services to its people, collect revenues, and develop a free-market system capable of joining the global ec onomy;

o Nearly $1.1 billion to build on the positive momentum in Afghanistan through investment in health, education, clean water, and free-market infrastructure that will create conditions for sustained growth and stability, as well as to continue counternarcotics activities;

o $1.34 billion for United States contributions to the World Bank and other Multilateral Development Banks to help the poorest countries make more productive investments without incurring greater debt;

o $100 million to continue to support the enhanced Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative by helping these countries to channel resources they would have used to pay interest and other debt-service costs into critical programs, such as health and education; o $120 million for the Middle East Partnership Initiative to expand democracy, support political, economic, and social reform , and improve access to education, information, and jobs;

o $80 million, an increase of $20 million over 2005 levels, for the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) to provide grants to private groups and organizations that build and strengthen democratic institutions and promote the rule of law, human rights, civic education, and a free press;

o $100 million for the Partnerships for Learning (P4L) Initiative, which provides scholarships and exchange opportunities to students in the Muslim world; and

o $79 million to the Middle East Broadcasting Network to provide accurate and balanced news and information to audiences in the Middle East. Managing Threats Abroad:

o Over $640 million for Pakistan to help advance security and economic opportunity for Pakistan’s citizens;

o Over $450 million for Jordan to accelerate economic -growth opportunity and strengthen border controls;

o Over $550 million to support Colombia’s unified campaign against drugs and terrorism; o $114 million for the second year of the Global Peace Operations Initiative. This Initiative, being implemented in cooperation with the G-8, pledges to:

§ Train and equip 75,000 troops by 2010 to increase global capacity to conduct peace support operations with a focus on Africa; and

§ Create a "clearinghouse" function to exchange information and coordinate G-8 efforts to enhance peace operations training and exercises in Africa;

o $100 million for the Conflict Response Fund to help the United States deploy trained and experienced civilian personnel immediately to an unstable region;

o $734 million for the Andean Counterdrug Initiative to consolidate gains made in recent years in the areas of eradication, interdiction, and alternative development; and o $437 million for operations to continue the fight against drugs in Afghanistan. Investing in Tomorrow’s Leaders and Service:

o $322 million for State Department-funded basic education programs and $167 million for higher education and training worldwide;

o $115 million in funding for support, training, and assistance programs to aid people and strengthen institutions that promote freedom and human rights and help establish the rule of law; and

 Bush Budget

$345 million for the Peace Corps program, allowing it to open at least two new posts and maintain the existing number of volunteers – the highest number of volunteers in 29 years.

Ø In addition to the FY 2006 Budget request, the President is planning a supplemental budget request for the War on Terror and support for Palestinians. This request includes funds for the State Department for embassy construction and operations in Iraq, the acceleration of reconstruction in Afghanistan, the support of critical partners in the War on Terror, support for Palestinians, and unanticipated events such as the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. It also makes it clear that we will continue to stand with the Iraqi and Afghan people against the terrorists desperately trying to block democracy and the advance of human rights.

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February 5, 2005: This Week's Top Stories Date: February 5 2005 No: 420 February 5, 2005: This Week's Top Stories
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Kenneth Hawkinson studies oral traditions of Mali 4 Feb
Tony Hall urges politicians to bring religious faith to office 4 Feb
Dodd opposes Gonzales nomination 3 Feb
Dr. Robert Zeigler to head Rice Research Institute 3 Feb
Taylor Hackford going into television with "E-Ring" 2 Feb
President Bush's past promises in State of the Union 1 Feb
Moreigh Wolf says gays cannot volunteer with partners 1 Feb
Coleman to chair Peace Corps Subcommittee 1 Feb
Vasquez assesses need in Southeast Asia 31 Jan
James Bullington says Bush Inaugural speaks to PC 31 Jan
Allen Andersson creates foundation to promote libraries 31 Jan
Joseph Opala to film "Priscilla's Homecoming" 31 Jan
Donna Shalala embarks on aggressive UM expansion 31 Jan
Thomas Dichter says Poor Countries Need Smarter Aid 30 Jan
Alberto Ibargüen to head Knight Foundation 28 Jan
Helen Sheehy organizes "Endangered Peoples" exhibit 28 Jan

RPCVs mobilize support for Countries of Service Date: January 30 2005 No: 405 RPCVs mobilize support for Countries of Service
RPCV Groups mobilize to support their Countries of Service. Over 200 RPCVS have already applied to the Crisis Corps to provide Tsunami Recovery aid, RPCVs have written a letter urging President Bush and Congress to aid Democracy in Ukraine, and RPCVs are writing NBC about a recent episode of the "West Wing" and asking them to get their facts right about Turkey.
RPCVs contend for Academy Awards  Date: January 31 2005 No: 416 RPCVs contend for Academy Awards
Bolivia RPCV Taylor Hackford's film "Ray" is up for awards in six categories including best picture, best actor and best director. "Autism Is a World" co-produced by Sierra Leone RPCV Douglas Biklen and nominated for best Documentary Short Subject, seeks to increase awareness of developmental disabilities. Colombian film "El Rey," previously in the running for the foreign-language award, includes the urban legend that PCVs teamed up with El Rey to bring cocaine to U.S. soil.
Ask Not Date: January 18 2005 No: 388 Ask Not
As our country prepares for the inauguration of a President, we remember one of the greatest speeches of the 20th century and how his words inspired us. "And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man."
Coleman: Peace Corps mission and expansion Date: January 8 2005 No: 373 Coleman: Peace Corps mission and expansion
Senator Norm Coleman, Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee that oversees the Peace Corps, says in an op-ed, A chance to show the world America at its best: "Even as that worthy agency mobilizes a "Crisis Corps" of former Peace Corps volunteers to assist with tsunami relief, I believe an opportunity exists to rededicate ourselves to the mission of the Peace Corps and its expansion to touch more and more lives."
RPCVs active in new session of Congress Date: January 8 2005 No: 374 RPCVs active in new session of Congress
In the new session of Congress that begins this week, RPCV Congressman Tom Petri has a proposal to bolster Social Security, Sam Farr supported the objection to the Electoral College count, James Walsh has asked for a waiver to continue heading a powerful Appropriations subcommittee, Chris Shays will no longer be vice chairman of the Budget Committee, and Mike Honda spoke on the floor honoring late Congressman Robert Matsui.
RPCVs and Peace Corps provide aid  Date: January 4 2005 No: 366 Latest: RPCVs and Peace Corps provide aid
Peace Corps made an appeal last week to all Thailand RPCV's to consider serving again through the Crisis Corps and more than 30 RPCVs have responded so far. RPCVs: Read what an RPCV-led NGO is doing about the crisis an how one RPCV is headed for Sri Lanka to help a nation he grew to love. Question: Is Crisis Corps going to send RPCVs to India, Indonesia and nine other countries that need help?
The World's Broken Promise to our Children Date: December 24 2004 No: 345 The World's Broken Promise to our Children
Former Director Carol Bellamy, now head of Unicef, says that the appalling conditions endured today by half the world's children speak to a broken promise. Too many governments are doing worse than neglecting children -- they are making deliberate, informed choices that hurt children. Read her op-ed and Unicef's report on the State of the World's Children 2005.

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By Anonymous (cache-mtc-ac09.proxy.aol.com - on Monday, March 26, 2007 - 8:16 am: Edit Post

My view of the Peace Corps is that no taxpayers had much to do with its formulation. It was practically an executive order. I've tried to discover it's budget and funding for past years without success, except that Pres. Bush wanted to increase funding for 2008, the total about $345,000,000. Hospitalization for aliens is hidden, in one frame we observed. Aside from the many anecdotal heartwarms, my perception is that, as in the USAID throwaways,we taxpayers are being hornswoggled. The amount of money in U.S. taxpayer dollar throwaways to foreigners is enormous, running into billions of dollars, but no way to get anywhere near a real total due to government bureau obfuscations. If taxpayers knew what the totals were, there'd be some real screaming.

By Viva Bader-Baker (c-24-19-3-61.hsd1.mn.comcast.net - on Monday, February 25, 2008 - 2:25 pm: Edit Post

We need them to stay where are so they can they job done people keep dying more and more all of the world and when it is time for them for them to leave they should follow there Peace Corps. Leader's instcutions on what to do next.

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