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NEH Dear Colleague Letter

posted by admin — Jul 16, 2006

On April 6, 2006, Congressmen David Price (D-NC) and Jim Leach (R-IA) submitted a “Dear Colleague” letter in support of increased funding for National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) with the signatures of 117 representatives to Chairman Charles Taylor and Ranking Member Norman Dicks of the House Appropriations Subcommittee. The letter requests an additional $15 million for the NEH in fiscal year 2007. This would bring total funding for the agency to $156 million. Price and Leach expressed concern about the erosion of funding for core programs and commended the state humanities councils and the agency’s We the People initiative. Humanities advocates were integral in gaining the impressive amount of signatures (an increase of nine signatories from the previous year) through phone calls and letters to representatives via the Humanities Advocacy Network.