Action Needed: Urge the members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government to provide $10 million in funding for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission for federal FY 2016.
The Issue: The President’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2016 recommends funding of only $5 million for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This is a 35% reduction in NHPRC’s budget in just the past five years. With Congress’s current interest in defunding programs entirely, it is imperative that NHPRC be funded at $10 million to ensure a program that can effectively serve the needs of historical records programs in all states.
If your Congressperson is a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee (see list below): Contact him/her – via email, phone, or fax – to explain why NHPRC is so important to you and urge him/her to support funding of $10 million in FY 2016. If possible, follow up with a phone call.
If your Congressperson is not a member of the Subcommittee: Contact him/her – via email, phone, or fax – to explain why NHPRC is so important to you and ask him/her to contact the Subcommittee Chair and Ranking Member to show support for a $10 million appropriation. If possible, follow up with a phone call.
When you have made contact, please let us know so that we can track the volume of concern expressed by the SAA community. Email us at: email@example.com.
Make your request direct and clear. Urge your Congressperson to ask the Subcommittee to fund NHPRC, a grant program of the National Archives and Records Administration, at $10 million for FY 2016. Whether calling, faxing, or emailing, provide a few short sentences, including a specific example of how NHPRC’s programs have benefited your organization and constituents or other organizations in your state. (For a list of NHPRC grants by state, click here.)
Be sure to send your letter via fax or email, as postal mail does not reach Congressional offices in a timely manner. Even better, make a phone call – or follow up your email/fax with a call. Each contact will make a difference! Our members of Congress were elected to represent us, and they expect and want to hear from their constituents. So please speak up!
House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government:
Chair: Ander Crenshaw (R-FL)
Ranking Member: José Serrano (D-NY)
Mark Amodei (R-NV)
Jaime Herrera-Beutler (R-WA)
Tom Graves (R-GA)
Scott Rigell (R-VA)
Steve Womack (R-AR)
Kevin Yoder (R-KS)
Mike Quigley (D-IL)
Chaka Fattah (D-PA)
Sanford Bishop (D-GA)
Find the contact information for your Congressperson at www.house.gov
This small grants program within the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) enables federal support for ensuring access to essential evidence of our nation’s history that is held in states and communities. In addition:
Thank you for your efforts to support NHPRC!