WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Rick Scott released the following statement after the House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2021 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs bill, which includes a provision to prevent the closure of Peace Corps programs in Communist China. This comes after the Peace Corps announced its decision to wind down operations in Communist China. The decision followed months of Senator Scott’s calls for the Peace Corps to get out of Communist China and the introduction of his Peace Corps Mission Accountability Act, which prohibits all Peace Corps activity in hostile countries, including Communist China.
Senator Rick Scott said, “The Peace Corps made the right decision to pull volunteers from Communist China – a wealthy nation and an adversary that doesn’t need help from American taxpayers. Now, the House Democrats want to kowtow to the Communist Party of China and send American volunteers and taxpayer dollars back to Communist China. That’s despicable. Communist China is one of the world’s worst human rights violators, steals our jobs and technology, is militarizing the South China Sea and is the cause of this global pandemic. Not one cent of American taxpayer dollars should be spent helping to prop up their dangerous government.”