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Action Alert: Protect Federal Funding for Humanites

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies has proposed budget cuts  in its FY 2012 spending bill.

Funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) were set at $135 million; for NEH this reflects a $20 million cut from last year’s funding level and $11 million less than what was requested by the President in his budget request.

If these drastic cuts are enacted, the National Endowment for the Humanities will see cuts to its core programs and services and their ability to award grants will be severely limited.

-From the National Humanities Alliance:

There is a clear federal role in supporting the humanities, just as there is for the sciences and other fields. NEH grants help support the nation’s education and research infrastructure for fields including history, languages, literature, law, government, philosophy, cultural anthropology, the study of religion, and other subjects. The knowledge and competencies represented by these fields are critical to a broad range of U.S.interests, including: fostering a globally competitive workforce, strengthening civic engagement and understanding, preserving the nation’s historic and cultural resources, and developing expertise to meet local, national, and global challenges.

Please contact your local Congressman or a  member of the House Appropriations Committee to share your concerns and advocate for the President’s level of funding; a full list of members can be found here.


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