Act Now to Save Funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities

Update, July 19, 2018
We’re happy to report that the amendment offered by Rep. Grothman (R, WI) to the FY19 Interior appropriations bill that would have cut the NEH budget by 15% from what was provided in the bill was soundly defeated (114 yeas, 297 nays). The House continues to debate the bill, which is expected to pass later today.  NEH would receive $155 million in FY19 in the House bill. The companion Senate FY19 appropriations bill, which has not yet gone to the floor, includes the same amount. Thank you to all who responded to our request to contact your Members of Congress about this vote!



July 17, 2018—This afternoon, the House of Representatives will consider an amendment to the FY 2019 Interior Appropriations bill that would cut the proposed FY 2019 budget of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) by 15% or nearly $23 million. This would be a setback to the increased funding that appropriations committees in the House and the Senate have supported to date. 

The House will consider this amendment TODAY.

Urge your Congresspersons to oppose the amendment by calling or emailing them—and encourage others to make contact, too! 

Learn more about the amendment here.

Personalize your message!  Whatever method of communication you choose, it’s important to personalize your message to your background, experience, institution, district, or state – something that, as a constituent, will resonate with your representative.

Need some background or ideas? 

See SAA’s issue brief on Federal Grant Funding for Archives as well as this backgrounder on NEH.

See your colleagues’ Federal Funding Impact Stories.  (Or share your own story.)


Tell us when you’ve taken action! 


Why not a phone call? Many staffers’ voice mail boxes are full due to unprecedented advocacy activity, but if you prefer to try to make a phone call, find your Representative here or Senators here.