Sending Office: Honorable David E. Price
Support FY18 Funding for the Humanities
Deadline extended: COB March 14
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As Co-Chairs of the Congressional Humanities Caucus, we cordially invite you to join us in signing the following letter to Chairman Calvert and Ranking Member McCollum of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, urging
at least $155 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019.
NEH is the single most important source of federal funding for research and scholarship in history, literature, foreign languages, and other fields that provide individuals with an ethical, cultural, and historical perspective. Each sector of our country’s
education enterprise uses NEH’s competitive grants to conserve and nurture America’s heritage and educate the next generation of Americans. In addition, NEH funding allocated through state humanities councils ensures funding reflects state and local priorities
and strengthens the cultural infrastructure of local communities in every state and territory across the nation.
Building a solid foundation in the humanities becomes even more vital to U.S. interests as the world becomes more interconnected. Beyond protecting our national security, the knowledge and competencies represented by humanities fields are critical to a
broad range of U.S. interests: fostering a globally competitive workforce, strengthening civic engagement, and preserving our cultural heritage. That is why virtually all of our CIA analysts, State Department officials and diplomats at embassies across the
globe are graduates of the humanities — as are leaders ranging from the late Steve Jobs to former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey.
Current demand for humanities project support far exceeds funding availability, and non-federal support for the humanities has declined sharply in recent years. In addition, the NEH is still trying to recover from sequestration cuts, which provided the
agency the lowest level of funding since 2005.
We recognize the need to invest taxpayer dollars wisely; this relatively small investment in NEH funding pays significant dividends for our nation and leverages significant non-federal matching funds. We hope you will join us in supporting this request.
To sign this letter, please use
this link. For more information, please contact Leigh Whittaker
Leigh.Whittaker@mail.house.gov (5-1784) or Bri Hearn at
David Price Leonard Lance
Co-Chair, Humanities Caucus Co-Chair, Humanities Caucus
Dear Chairman Calvert and Ranking Member McCollum:
We are writing to thank the Subcommittee for its past support of funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and respectfully request your support of a funding level of at least $155 million in the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Interior Appropriations
As you know, NEH is the main source of federal support for humanities research, teaching, preservation, public programming, and related activities in the U.S., providing competitive grant funding for research and scholarship in history, literature, foreign
languages, and other fields that empower individuals with critical perspective and knowledge. Furthermore, NEH funding allocated through state humanities councils strengthens the cultural infrastructure of local communities in every state and territory throughout
Additionally, investment in the humanities advances vital national interests by fostering a globally competitive workforce, strengthening civic engagement, preserving our cultural heritage, and protecting our national security. As our world becomes increasingly
more interconnected, building a solid foundation in the humanities becomes even more critical, which is why the majority of our CIA analysts, State Department officials and staff members and diplomats at embassies across the globe are graduates of the humanities
– as are leaders ranging from the late Steve Jobs to former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey.
NEH has been an excellent steward of its annual federal appropriation, successfully leveraging more than $4.8 billion in non-federal support (adjusted for inflation) between 1965 and 2014. NEH has also shown an ability to rapidly respond to conditions on
the ground, providing $1 million in emergency grants to assist local organizations in stabilizing and recovering historical collections following the devastation from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Currently, demand for humanities project support far
exceeds funding availability, and non-federal support for the humanities has declined in recent years. As billions of dollars are rightfully invested in research, education, science, and technology, we must continue to prioritize robust federal investment
in the humanities.
We understand the many difficult choices your Subcommittee faces in constructing its FY 2019 bill, but we believe that strong federal investments in the humanities are crucial for preserving America’s place as a world leader in education and innovation as
well as provide our nation’s citizenry and workforce with the foundation necessary to tackle the challenges of today’s globalized world. We appreciate your past support of NEH and strongly urge your support for this request.
David Price Leonard Lance
Member of Congress Member of Congress
Cc: House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen
Cc: House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Nita Lowey
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