NCH Washington Update- May 2019

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House Appropriations Committee Approves FY 20 Funding for Key History Programs

On May 8, the House Appropriations Committee marked up the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Labor, HHS and Education appropriations bill. It includes good news for programs and agencies of importance to the historical community. The Committee rejected efforts by the Trump administration to eliminate three programs. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) would see its FY 20 budget increased by $15 million to $257 million. To read NCH’s testimony on the bill that was submitted to the committee, click here.

Title VI and Fulbright-Hays International Education programs received a $17 million, or 24% increase over FY 2019 funding. This is the first significant proposed increases for Title VI and Fulbright-Hays since major cuts in FY 11.

Title VI
FY19: $65.1M
FY20 House: $80.4M, a $15.3M or 24% increase

FY19: $7M
FY20 House: $8.73M, a $1.7M or 19% increase

FY19: $72.14M
FY20 House: $89.1M, a $17M or 24% increase

The American History and Civics Grants and Academies programs at the Department of Education would be level funded at $3 million and $1.815 million respectively.

The House Appropriations Committee also approved the FY 20 Legislative Branch appropriations bill this week. For the Library of Congress, including the Copyright Office, Congressional Research Service, and National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, the Committee recommended a total of $720,290,000 in fiscal year 2020, an increase of $24,178,000 over the prior year. NCH’s testimony on the proposed FY 20 Library of Congress budget can be seen by clicking here.

Oppose Cuts to the National Archives and NHPRC!

The House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee may take up the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations bill funding the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) at any time. The Trump administration has proposed major cuts to the National Archives and the elimination of the NHPRC!

It is vitally important that you contact the members of the House Appropriations Committee TODAY and ask them to provide the National Archives with $410 million for its operating expenses and that Congress not eliminate the NHPRC and fund it at $10 million for FY 20. NCH's testimony on the NARA and NHPRC FY 20 budget requests can be seen by clicking here.

Working with our colleagues at the National Humanities Alliance, you can quickly send a pre-written electronic message to your representative by clicking here.

You can also send your own personalized letter or call your Representative.

Here is a link to the House Appropriations Committee members. It takes you to each Representative's website which provides their email address and phone number. Try to personalize your call or e-mail with an appeal that highlights the impact the National Archives and/or NHPRC grants have on your own work, your institution, and/or your congressional district and state. Each contact will make a difference. It is imperative that we make the voices of the historical and archives communities heard loud and clear. We can make a difference only if we take action now!

Initial action on an agency's budget is a two-step process. The full House Appropriations Committee will likely consider the bill a day or so after the FS&GG Subcommittee markup. So time is of the essence.

House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee (jurisdiction over NARA and NHPRC budgets).
House Appropriations Committee:
Find your Representative by Zip Code:
US Capitol Switchboard (All Members of Congress can be reached via this number) 202-224-3121


Looking for an easy, free way to support NCH?
Invite your Representative to join the Congressional History Caucus!
The caucus is an important resource and it needs your help to grow.
Find full details and resources on our website.





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