Protect | Improve | Enhance
While Peace Corps has strong bipartisan support in Congress and across American society, there is still greater progress that needs to be made.
For more and better-equipped Volunteers in more countries, Peace Corps' budget will need to consistently grow.
To ensure that currently-serving and returned Volunteers receive the healthcare they're deserved, reforms will need to be enacted.
To recruit, incentivize, and honor generations of future Volunteers, benefits will need to be enhanced (or protected), and key legislation will need to become law.
Protect Peace Corps' Budget
The Peace Corps' budget—$410 million—amounts to less than 1% of America's International Affairs Budget, itself less than 1% of the Federal budget. Though the recipient of budget increases from time-to-time, the agency has suffered from not receiving consistent, incremental increases, resulting in difficulty in executing longterm strategy.
Status | For the third consecutive year, President Trump is recommending a reduction in funding for the Peace Corps. The president's request of $396 million for the agency in Fiscal Year 2020 would represent a slightly more than 3% cut in funding. It has been more than 35 years since a president has proposed consistent cuts in Peace Corps funding to Congress. The proposed reduction in Peace Corps spending was part of a much larger 24% cut to the nation's International Affairs Budget.
Ask | NPCA is calling for a 10% funding increase to $450 million.
Improve Health, Safety, and Security
Though Peace Corps and Congress have made progress in improving the health, safety, and security of Volunteers, much is left to be done. Several reforms are needed in the field, including greater crime risk reduction and access to well-qualified medical personnel. Back home, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers with service-related illness and injuries could benefit from having greater involvement from Peace Corps in diagnosis and treatment upon their immediate return, while those who face short or long-term disability deserve a higher level of worker’s compensation.
Enhance Volunteer Benefits
Efforts in the past to enhance non-competitive eligibility (NCE) status for Federal employment have fallen short, though continue. The Respect for Peace Corps Volunteers Act, which would allow Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and former Peace Corps staff to use the Peace Corps logo on death notices and tombstones, has yet to pass.
Status | H.R.1411, Respect for Peace Corps Volunteers Act, has been introduced in the House but not the Senate.