Grothman Amendment Proposes Decrease in Funding for NEH

UPDATE, 7/18/18 4:30 pm: The Grothman amendment was voted down 297 to 112. Thank you for your advocacy!

UPDATE, 7/18/18 10 am: Representative Glenn Grothman (R-WI) offered his amendment on the House floor after 11 pm last night. Chairman of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, Ken Calvert (R-CA), opposed the amendment and called for a voice vote. The amendment was voted down, but Rep. Grothman requested a recorded vote, which means that all members of the House will vote on his amendment later today. There is still time to contact your Member of Congress to let them you know oppose this amendment!

Last month the House Appropriations Committee approved a bill that included $155 million in funding for FY 2019, an increase of $2 million over the FY 2018 funding level. That bill is now headed to the House floor, and later today the House will consider 87 proposed amendments to the bill before the House votes.

One of those amendments, proposed by Representative Glenn Grothman (R-WI) would cut 15% ($23 million) from the budgets of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. In offering the amendment, Representative Grothman argued that the cuts would help to reign in spending amidst increasing deficits and that private charity and local government could replace federal funding. He described the amendment as his effort to support Trump’s agenda to decrease the federal budget.

We are calling on humanities advocates to urge their representative to vote against the Grothman amendment. We have seen strong bipartisan support for this increase in the House, with 166 representatives, including 19 Republicans, signing on to a Dear Colleague Letters requesting increased funding for the NEH earlier this year. Given this level of support, we are optimistic that with robust opposition from the humanities community, the Grothman amendment will fail and the House will vote on an Interior bill that includes $155 for the NEH.

Please take action by clicking here and encourage others to do so as well!