CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
The House is scheduled to consider H.R. 4195 under a suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage, on Wednesday, September 22, 2010. H.R. 4195 was introduced on December 2, 2009, by Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA) and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, which reported the bill, as amended, by unanimous consent on September 16, 2010.
H.R. 4195 would authorize the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation, a non-profit organization, to establish a commemorative work on federal land in the District of Columbia to memorialize “the formation of the Peace Corps and to honor the ideals upon which the Peace Corps was founded.” The legislation would prohibit federal funds from being used to pay for the commemorative work. After the completion of the work, the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation would be required to remit any additional funds collected for the establishment of the work to the Secretary of Interior for maintenance of the memorial.
The Peace Corps was founded in 1961 and will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. According to the Peace Corps, nearly 200,000 Americans have joined the organization since it was created and have volunteered in 139 countries. In FY 2010, the Peace Corps received $400 million in appropriated spending, an increase of $80 million or 23 percent over FY 2009.
According to CBO, “the net effect on the budget of enacting the legislation would be insignificant in any year.”