Title: Peace Corps Reauthorization Act of 2022
Author: John Raymond Garamendi
Peace Corps Reauthorization Act of 2022
This bill reauthorizes through FY2024 and modifies operations of the Peace Corps.
Changes include increasing the readjustment allowance paid to volunteers when their service terminates and providing statutory authority for an executive order that grants returned volunteers noncompetitive eligibility for federal civil-service positions.
Additionally, the bill entitles returned volunteers to sixty days of health care benefits. The Peace Corps must also provide volunteers with information about enrolling in U.S. health plans before service termination and mental health care during and after service.
The bill also includes provisions to address involuntary termination of Peace Corps service in emergencies, including by expediting re-enrollment of involuntarily terminated volunteers.
The Peace Corps must also adequately insure volunteers' safety and must coordinate with the Department of State to periodically update agreements concerning the security of Peace Corps volunteers and staff abroad.
The bill also
* authorizes Peace Corps to recruit domestically based volunteers to serve in the United States at the request of another agency or to provide services in a host country virtually,
* modifies the Peace Corps National Advisory Council's membership and functions,
* expands whistleblower protections for volunteers,
* increases the rate of pay that applies to a volunteer's workers compensation claim,
* requires Peace Corps to implement a zero tolerance drug use policy regarding volunteer involvement with illegal drugs, and
* emphasizes the use of the internet in Peace Corps programs.
Furthermore, the bill requires reporting, including on the provision of mental health services to volunteers.
Introduced in House 03/01/2021
Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR E184) 03/01/2021
Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Education and Labor, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. 03/01/2021
Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held. 09/30/2021
Ordered to be Reported in the Nature of a Substitute (Amended) by Voice Vote. 09/30/2021
Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Foreign Affairs. H. Rept. 117-457, Part I. 09/09/2022
Committee on Education and Labor discharged. 09/09/2022
Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 354. 09/09/2022
Mr. Malinowski moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. 09/19/2022
Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H7886-7893) 09/19/2022
DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1456. 09/19/2022
At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed. 09/19/2022
Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H7946-7947) 09/19/2022
Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 290 - 125 (Roll no. 440). 09/19/2022
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 290 - 125 (Roll no. 440). (text: CR H7886-7891) 09/19/2022
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection. 09/19/2022
Received in the Senate. Read twice. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 492. 09/20/2022
HR 1456 - Introduced+in+House
03/01/2021 - HR 1456 (Introduced+in+House)