Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee released their versions of the FY 23 draft appropriations bills. In general, the bills included increases for all of our priorities albeit smaller ones than the House draft bills.
The Interior Subcommittee bill included $195 million for the NEH, a $15 million increase over FY 22 but less than the $207 million included in the House version.
Our other priorities also saw increases over FY 22. The Labor-H Subcommittee bill included $76.4 million for Title VI, a $4.5 million increase over FY 22, and $10.3 million for Fulbright-Hays, an increase of $500,000 increase over FY 22.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services received $301.8 million, a $33.8 million increase over FY 22. This number is significantly higher than the House’s proposed $280 million due to the inclusion of $20 million to improve public and Tribal library and museum facilities nationwide.
The National Archives received $420.23 million, an increase of $31.9 million over FY 23. The National Historical Publications and Records Commission received $8.35 million in regular appropriations. In addition to regular appropriations, the bill included $22.44 million in congressionally directed spending for the NHPRC, which are funding requests made by Members of Congress to fund a specific project in their states or districts. This is significantly higher than the $1.3 million in congressionally directed spending included in the House version of the bill.
For more information and a more complete look at the differences between the House and the Senate numbers for each of our policy priorities, please see our funding chart.
While we are pleased to see increases in funding over FY 22, we had hoped the Senate numbers would be closer to the increases in the House draft bills. As the appropriations process continues to move forward and the House and Senate work to conference their bills we will keep you updated and let you know if action is needed.
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