H.C.R. NO.


















      WHEREAS, on March 1, 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed an Executive Order establishing the Peace Corps; and


     WHEREAS, since President Kennedy established the Peace Corps, more than 195,000 volunteers, 1,274 from Hawaii, have served in 139 countries; and


WHEREAS, Peace Corps continues to be one of America's finest expressions of friendship and solidarity across the globe; and


     WHEREAS, the Peace Corps is focused on grassroots, bottom-up development, with volunteers working side-by-side with community members in the most humble communities around the world; and


     WHEREAS, Peace Corps has reported that over 20 countries requested a Peace Corps program, and that many countries with existing programs would welcome additional volunteers; and


     WHEREAS, in Fiscal Year 2008, Peace Corps reported its volunteers provided assistance to more than 2.1 million people around the world, helped train nearly 160,000 service providers and assisted with nearly 600 grassroots projects through the Peace Corps Partnership Program; and


     WHEREAS, at the cost of less than $45,000 per volunteer, Peace Corps volunteers are highly cost-effective; and


     WHEREAS, in so many ways, returned Peace Corps volunteers continue to provide service and play important roles as leaders in our community; and


     WHEREAS, in so many ways, returned Peace Corps volunteers continue to provide service and play important roles as leaders in our community; and


     WHEREAS, 13,011 Americans applied in 2008 to volunteer their service to serve the world’s poorest communities, Peace Corps is able to provide placements for fewer than 4,000; and


     WHEREAS, in his December 5, 2007 speech entitled "A Call to Serve," President Barack Obama made a commitment to double the size of the Peace Corps by its 50th anniversary in 2011 and reach out to other nations to engage their young people in similar programs enabling us to work side by side to take on the common challenges that confront all humanity; and


WHEREAS, the United States House of Representatives is considering H.R. 1066, the "Peace Corps Expansion Act of 2009," to increase the 2010 fiscal year budget of Peace Corps to $450,000,000; now, therefore,


     BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-fifth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2009, the Senate concurring, that it supports President Obama's commitment to doubling the number of Peace Corps volunteers by 2011 as well as urges the United States Congress to pass and fully fund the Peace Corps Expansion Act of 2009; and


                BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to Hawaii's Congressional delegation, President Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate President Harry Reid, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Peace Corps Acting Director Josephine Olsen.









Report Title: 

Peace Corps Expansion Act of 2009; support