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    This page contains letters signed by elected officials, usually written to the President or relevant members of Congress.

03-SEN5 on Jun 17, 2003

Letter: a letter from 43 Senators to the President
Source: Letter from 43 Senators to the President
To: President George W. Bush

Dear President Bush:

We write to express our strong support for AmeriCorps and recognize the leadership you have shown on this issue over the years. We know you agree that AmeriCorps is an outstanding program which has proven successful in addressing our homeland security needs, leveraging volunteers, and improving the quality of services available to a broad range of Americans.

Unfortunately, as you know, the Corporation for National Service officially announced yesterday unprecedented and drastic funding cuts, from 50 to 95 percent in every state. These cuts mean that under the State Competitive funding stream the Corporation will only fund 2,036 volunteers, compared with 11,236 last year. Many states will see their volunteer allocations under the competitive stream drop by as much as 90 percent and 16 states are shut out completely.

In your 2002 State of the Union address, you called for every American to dedicate 4,000 hours to community service throughout their lives. In your 2004 budget request, you proposed increasing the number of AmeriCorps volunteers from 50,000 to 75,000. Unfortunately, due to serious errors made by the Corporation, fewer than half this number of Americans will be allowed to serve their country through service.

We should support, not oppose, efforts to encourage more Americans to enter public service. We should do everything in our power to reward the American men and women who have chosen to serve the country and their communities in the hope of meeting the nation's critical education, safety, health, and homeland security needs.

We urge you to request additional funding in the supplemental appropriations bill to ensure that AmeriCorps remains a strong and vital program today and in the future.


  • Topic: Welfare & Poverty
  • Headline: Fully fund AmeriCorps

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 03-SEN5

Max Baucus s1sMT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Evan Bayh s1sIN Former Democratic Senator 
Jeff Bingaman s1sNM Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Barbara Boxer s1sCA Democratic Jr Senator 
John Breaux s1sLA Former Democratic incumbent; retired 2004 
Maria Cantwell s1sWA Democratic Jr Senator 
Hillary Clinton s1sNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
Jon Corzine s1sNJ Former Democrat (until 2009) 
Tom Daschle s1sSD Former Democratic Senator 
Mark Dayton s1sMN Democratic Governor 
Chris Dodd s1sCT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Richard Durbin s1sIL Democratic Sr Senator 
John Edwards s1sNC Former Democrat Senator; retired to run for President, 2004 
Russell Feingold s1sPOTUS Democrat 
Dianne Feinstein s1sCA Democratic Sr Senator 
Tom Harkin s1sIA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Ted Kennedy s1sMA Democratic Senator (until 2009) 
John Kerry s1sMA Democratic Sr Senator 
Herbert Kohl s1sWI Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Mary Landrieu s1sLA Democratic Sr Senator 
Frank Lautenberg s1sNJ Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Patrick Leahy s1sVT Democratic Sr Senator 
Carl Levin s1sMI Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Blanche Lambert Lincoln s1sAR Former Democratic Senator 
Patty Murray s1sWA Democratic Sr Senator 
Ben Nelson s1sNE Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Mark Pryor s1sAR Democratic Sr Senator 
Jack Reed s1sRI Democratic Sr Senator 
John Rockefeller s1sWV Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Paul Sarbanes s1sMD Former Democrat Senator (Retired 2006) 
Charles Schumer s1sNY Democratic Sr Senator 
Debbie Stabenow s1sMI Democratic Jr Senator 



Republicans participating in 03-SEN5

Lamar Alexander s1sTN Republican Sr Senator 
Lincoln Chafee s1sRI Former Republican Senator (Lost re-election, 2006) 
Thad Cochran s1sMS Republican Sr Senator 
Susan Collins s1sME Republican Sr Senator 
Mike DeWine s1sOH Former Republican Senator (lost re-election, 2006) 
Lindsey Graham s1sSC Republican Sr Senator 
John McCain s1sAZ Republican Sr Senator 
Gordon Harold Smith s1sOR Former Republican Senator (lost re-election, 2008) 
Olympia Snowe s1sME Republican Sr Senator 



Independents participating in 03-SEN5

Joe Biden s1sDE Vice President 
Jim Jeffords s1sVT Former Independent Senator (retired 2006) 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 32
Republicans: 9
Independents: 2


















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