Biden Administration Requests Big Increases for the Humanities

Yesterday, the Biden administration released its FY 23 budget request. Congress will now begin its appropriations process, ultimately drafting and passing bills that will fund the government in FY 23.

Several of our biggest priorities, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and National Archives and Records Administration received proposed increases for FY 23. We were disappointed to see proposed decreases for Title VI and Fulbright-Hays in particular, as well as for the Woodrow Wilson Center and the National Park Service’s National Recreation and Preservation program and Historic Preservation Fund.

The administration proposed $200.65 million for the NEH, an increase of $20.65 million over FY 22, and $276.8 million for IMLS, an increase of $8.8 million over FY 22.

The administration proposed a $38 million increase for NARA, putting the total request at $426 million. And while the $9.5 million for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission would be a decrease from its FY 22 enacted level, this request is still $2.5 million more than the administration proposed for FY 22.

Unfortunately, Title VI and Fulbright-Hays saw a decrease in funding back to FY 21 levels with the administration proposing $69.4 million for Title VI, a $2.5 million decrease, and $8.8 million for Fulbright-Hays, a $1 million decrease. Given that Congress just approved an increase for these programs two weeks ago, we are hopeful that it will again support an increase despite the administration’s proposal. 

For more detailed information, please see our funding chart.

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