House May Vote To Eliminate All NEH and NEA Funding


Representative Scott Perry, a Republican from Pennsylvania, has proposed two amendments to the House Interior Appropriations bill (H.R. 4821) that would eliminate all funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). 

It appears that the bill is being considered today.

The National Humanities Alliance is urging people to vocally oppose the funding cuts, and have created an online template to make it easy for you to contact your representative to do so, here. The template contains a modifiable email, the text of which reads:

As a constituent, I am writing to urge you to vote against Representative Perry’s proposed amendment (#250) to the FY 2024 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 4821) that would eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The NEH was established in 1965 in recognition of the unique role the humanities play in helping U.S. citizens develop the wisdom, vision, and knowledge required to participate in a thriving democracy. Today, the NEH continues to support the work of humanities councils, museums, libraries, and universities to preserve and explore local history and traditions; promote understanding among diverse communities; and foster a sense of our common ideals, enduring civic values, and shared cultural heritage.

NEH-funded summer institutes and seminars for K-12 educators provide teachers with a deeper understanding of history and culture, while helping them develop new teaching methods. In the past five years alone, these programs have reached more than 11,000 teachers, ultimately enriching the classroom experience for an estimated 2 million students.

The NEH continues its crucial work to support veterans through reading groups that help them process their experiences in discussions of literature on experiences of war and homecoming, writing programs for veterans suffering from PTSD, intensive college-preparation programs, and training for Veterans Affairs staff to help them understand the experiences of veterans. The NEH also plays an essential role in saving cultural heritage from natural disasters through trainings for staff at cultural institutions and emergency grants when disaster hits.

While I appreciate the difficult budgetary decisions ahead, I strongly believe that the NEH must be a high priority.

Thank you for your consideration.

President Biden has said he would veto the bill, should it pass,

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J.K.
J.K.
6 months ago

Could you provide a list of recent philosophy projects that have received funding from the NEH?

It’s hard to tell if we should want to preserve it without looking at what it has produced.

Daniel Weltman
Reply to  J.K.
6 months ago

Some examples: https://dailynous.com/2023/08/16/neh-grants-recently-awarded-to-philosophers/

https://dailynous.com/2020/04/20/neh-awards-grants-several-philosophers/

I don’t really follow American politics very closely anymore. But does anyone think this thing has any chance of passing in the Senate? And anyways, Biden would veto it. So I’m not super worried. Still, it would certainly be a shame if it became a law, I think.

NEH Fan
NEH Fan
Reply to  Daniel Weltman
6 months ago

The NEH has also funded summer programs for philosophers. These provide opportunities for professional/teaching development for about 30 philosophers each.

Punchline
Punchline
Reply to  J.K.
6 months ago

It’s late. I’ve just finished a long seminar. But I checked my calendar, and it’s not April 1st. Maybe J.K. means “Just Kidding.” Maybe this is an oblique reference to the Meno dialogue at line 70b or something. But if it is supposed to be a joke and I’m missing it, I honestly don’t see the clue that helps anyone see the punchline (unless I’m now the punchline simply for taking the bait).

If this is a serious question… well, I’m not going to give you a list. The NEH isn’t a mysterious organization by any stretch of the imagination. But feel free to use this link: https://securegrants.neh.gov/publicquery/main.aspx . NEH makes it easy to check boxes for things like Philosophy: All; Philosophy: Epistemology; etc. And, yes, NEH funds philosophy.

And, in case it matters at all, here’s info for the NEA: https://www.arts.gov/grants/recent-grants

Oh. And if it helps, here’s some more info on Scott Perry:

https://ballotpedia.org/Scott_Perry

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/08/10/scott-perry-trump-fbi-phone-explainer/

Jon Light
Jon Light
6 months ago

Wouldn’t pass the Senate, and Biden would veto regardless. Sort of irrelevant what the House does.