June 19, 2012 – Today, the House Appropriations Committee released the draft FY 2013 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies spending bill. The bill provides $132 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). This marks a decrease of $14 million from the FY 2012 level of $146 million. It is $22.3 million less than the President’s budget request for FY 2013. Allocations for specific NEH programs and accounts are not publicly available at this time.
In total, the spending bill includes $28 billion in funding. This represents a cut of $1.2 billion from the FY 2012 enacted level and $1.7 billion below the President’s FY 2013 request.
For FY 2013, the National Humanities Alliance urges Congress to provide no less than $154.3 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities, the same amount requested by the Administration. This would nearly restore NEH funding to its overall FY 2011 level, and allow the agency to better meet extensive unmet demand for support, which routinely outstrips available funds.
The Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies is scheduled to markup the draft bill on Wednesday, June 20 at 1pm.
June 22, 2012 - The House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee marked up the draft bill on June 20. Their mark for FY 2013 funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities remains at $132 million. The full House Appropriations Committee still needs to consider the bill. Please contact your Representative today and ask them to support the humanities and oppose cuts to the NEH. The Alliance is urging Congress to provide no less than $154.3 million for NEH in FY 2013, the same level requested by the President.
[Posted by: Erin Mosley]