YOUR VOICE COUNTS
Tell Congress the Humanities Matter
Updated: August 15, 2013
The House of Representatives adjourned for the month before the Appropriations Committee completed its markup of the FY2014 Appropriations Bill.
You might recall that the Interior and Environment Appropriations subcommittee had earlier called for an enormous 49% or $71 million cut for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). If enacted, this funding level would devastate an agency that was already slashed by 19% since 2010. This would also impact Maryland greatly, as the NEH is the primary funder of the Maryland Humanities Council.
The national humanities advocacy organization for state humanities councils suggested that we ask our dedicated supporters, folks like you and the thousands of others who enjoy our free impactful humanities programs, to ask your Congressman or Congresswoman to tell House Leadership that they are opposed to those drastic and disproportionate cuts.
The Federation of State Humanities Councils has created a message conveying this and it is available for you to contact your elected official in the House. Please add your voice to the call for more measured and responsible funding for the cultural agencies next year.
Thank you for being bold and empassioned supporters of the humanities, the NEH, and our work at the Maryland Humanities Council. Your commitment as partners and participants is the most important ingredient in our success. And we thank you!