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As Co-Chairs of the Congressional Humanities Caucus, we invite you to join us in signing the below letter to Chairman McCollum and Ranking Member Joyce of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee urging $170 million for
the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in the upcoming fiscal year (FY) 2021 bill.
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. All sectors of our country’s
education enterprise use 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 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. In addition to 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’s 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!
Through its Dialogues on the Experience of War programs, the NEH also brings together veterans and civilians to reflect on powerful literature and art. Across five programs assessed in 2019, 96 percent of respondents indicated that humanities materials
helped them better understand their experiences. 79 percent of veteran respondents indicated that their program made them more likely to seek help if they need it.
While we recognize the need to invest taxpayer dollars wisely, this relatively small investment in NEH funding pays significant dividends for our nation. We hope you will join us in supporting this request. For more information or to sign the letter, please
contact Leigh Whittaker (5-1784 or
Leigh.Whittaker@mail.house.gov) in Rep. Price’s office or Mimi Bair (5-2015 or
Mimi.Bair@mail.house.gov) in Rep. Stiver’s office. To sign this letter, please click
DAVID E. PRICE STEVE STIVERS
Co-Chair, Humanities Caucus Co-Chair, Humanities Caucus
March 20, 2020
The Honorable Betty McCollum The Honorable David Joyce
Chairwoman Ranking Member
House Appropriations Subcommittee on House Appropriations Subcommittee on
Interior, Environment & Related Agencies Interior, Environment & Related Agencies
2007 Rayburn House Office Building 1016 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515
Dear Chairwoman McCollum and Ranking Member Joyce:
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 $170 million in the Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) Interior, Environment
& Related Agencies Appropriations bill.
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 in every congressional district 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 the nation.
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. Following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in 2017, the NEH awarded
nearly $2 million to organizations throughout the Gulf South and Puerto Rico. Funding preserved a John Biggers mural housed by the Blue Triangle Multi-Cultural Association in Texas and salvaged water-damaged architectural features at Vizcaya, an estate and
museum in Florida. Nationally, summer institutes and seminars for K–12 educators provide teachers with a deeper understanding of history and culture while helping them develop new teaching methods. In the past five years alone, these programs have reached
more than 11,000 teachers, ultimately enriching the classroom experience for an estimated 2 million students. Through its
Dialogues on the Experience of War programs, the NEH also brings together veterans and civilians to reflect on powerful literature and art to foster healing and discussion.
We understand the many difficult choices your Subcommittee faces in constructing its FY 2021 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. 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 appreciate your past support of NEH and strongly urge your support for this request.
DAVID E. PRICE STEVE STIVERS
Co-Chair Congressional Humanities Caucus Co-Chair Congressional Humanities Caucus
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