"Founded in 1961, the Peace Corps has sought to meet its legislative mandate of promoting world peace and friendship by sending American volunteers to serve at the grassroots level in villages and towns in all corners of the globe. As of end September 2016, about 7,213 volunteers were serving in 65 nations. In 2017, the 115th Congress may consider the President's annual funding request for the Peace Corps, changes to the Peace Corps authorization legislation, and related issues. On December 10, 2016, the FY2017 Further Continuing Appropriations Act (P.L. 114-254) was signed into law. It amends an earlier continuing appropriations act (P.L. 114-223) to provide $409.2 million for the Peace Corps in FY2017. The appropriation expires on April 28, 2017. The last Peace Corps funding authorization (P.L. 106-30), approved in 1999, covered the years FY2000 to FY2003. Current issues include the extent to which there is available funding for Peace Corps expansion, whether volunteers are able to function in a safe and secure environment, volunteer access to abortion, and other issues."
CRS Report for Congress, RS21168
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