May 07, 2009

Obama Budget Seeks 10% Increase for Peace Corps

President Obama’s 2010 budget, released this morning, seeks slightly more than $373.4-million for the Peace Corps, a 10-percent increase from the $340-million the organization now receives.

An organization that represents people who have served in the Peace Corps called the proposed increase inadequate.

“President Obama’s Peace Corps funding request is a step in the right direction, but it is only a step,” said Kevin Quigley, president of the National Peace Corps Association, in a statement on the organization’s blog.

Mr. Quigley said the Peace Corps needs much more from the government because more Americans are responding to President Obama’s call to service and more countries are asking for Peace Corps volunteers.

Mr. Quigley called the 10 percent increase the president is requesting “modest” and said it does not go far enough to help the agency fulfill President Obama’s goal of doubling the number of volunteers by the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps, in 2011.