Statement by the President

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 10, 2018

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

Today, I have signed into law H.R. 2259, the “Sam Farr and Nick Castle Peace
Corps Reform Act of 2018” (the “Act”).

One provision of the Act, section 203, would forbid the Director of the Peace
Corps from opening, closing, reducing, or suspending a domestic or overseas
Peace Corps office or country program “unless the Director has notified and
consulted with the appropriate congressional committees at least 15 days in
advance.” I hope that both notice and consultation will be possible in every
case, and I recognize the benefits of working with the Congress on these kinds
of decisions. Nevertheless, a requirement to consult with the Congress in
executive decision-making violates the separation of powers. My Administration
will, accordingly, make appropriate efforts to notify the specified committees,
as provided for by the Act, but will treat the consultation requirement as
advisory and non‑binding.

DONALD J. TRUMP

THE WHITE HOUSE,

October 9, 2018.

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