U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is proposing to move the Peace Corps to the U.S. State Department and have its volunteers end activities in rival countries, including China.
Scott introduced the “Peace Corps Mission Accountability Act” on Tuesday, which “will prohibit all Peace Corps activity in hostile countries” with the Florida Republican signaling out China.
“The Peace Corps has an honorable mission of promoting freedom and spreading American ideals to developing countries around the world. We want the Peace Corps to do good work across the globe – just not with our enemies like China,” Scott said. “The Peace Corps continues to use taxpayer dollars to support programs in places like China, which continues to steal our technology and intellectual property, refuses to open up their markets, is militarizing the South China Sea, violates human rights and supports Maduro’s genocide in Venezuela.
“The Peace Corps Mission Accountability Act provides the oversight necessary to make sure all Peace Corps activities are in line with our national security interests and in underdeveloped countries that truly need our help – not wealthy nations like China. This is about protecting both taxpayer money and the American people,” Scott added.
As of now, the Peace Corps is an independent agency in the executive branch of the federal government. Scott’s bill would have the director of the Peace Corps report to the U.S. Secretary of State. Under Scott’s bill, the Secretary of State would have to report to Congress about the Peace Corps on an annual basis.
Scott’s bill was sent to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relation Committee on Tuesday. So far, there are no cosponsors of the bill and there is no companion measure over in the U.S. House.
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