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Friday, October 01, 2004

National Archives Funding 

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A couple of weeks ago I posted an e-mail I'd received about plans in the States to cut finding for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Well, in some good news, it seems that the rapid action of activists writing in protest to their Senate representatives helped reverse some of the the cuts, according to another e-mail that I have just got round to reading:

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NHA-ANNOUNCE UPDATE, 16 SEPTEMBER 2004
by John Hammer and Jessica Jones Irons of the National Humanities Alliance

o Senate Marks Up FY 2005 Spending Bills
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The Senate Appropriations Committee marked up several FY 2005 spending
bills this week. In the Interior bill the committee recommended flat
funding levels of $135.3 million for the National Endowment for the
Humanities and $121 million for the National Endowment for the Arts. If
this bill passes, the Senate may be willing to agree to higher funding
levels for both agencies in a House/Senate conference. The House passed
its FY 2005 Interior bill in June with a funding level of $141.8 million
for the NEH (a $6.5 million increase) and $131 million for the NEA (a $10
million increase).

Thanks to the activism of historians and archivists who contacted Senate
appropriators in recent days, the National Historical Publications and
Records Commission (NHPRC) received a $2 million increase from the full
Appropriations Committee over the mark provided by the
Transportation/Treasury subcommittee. The Senate recommendation for NHPRC
now stands at $5 million. This still only represents half of the
Commission's current budget of $10 million, but it is a critical increase
nonetheless.

Spending bills must go to the floor for a vote by the full Senate, and
while individual bills may move to conference this year, they are not
likely to do so prior to the November elections. At this point,
appropriations staff anticipate a series of continuing resolutions funding
agencies at current levels for the 2005 fiscal year beginning October 1.

A more detailed report will be provided later on these bills, as well as
humanities programs funded under the Labor/HHS/Education bill.


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