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FY2007 Interior Appropriations bill moves to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to take up consideration of the FY2007 Interior Appropriations bill on Thursday, May 18. The Interior Appropriations Subcommittee has recommended level funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) at $142 million.

When the bill comes to the House floor, an amendment will be introduced by the leadership of the Congressional Humanities Caucus and the Congressional Arts Caucus to increase funding for the NEH and the NEA by $10—15 million, evenly divided between the two endowments.

NEH funds have supported major initiatives of the Society as well as scores of individual projects by SBL members. The Society's executive office encourages you to send a message to your Congressperson urging him or her to vote in favor of this amendment.

The National Humanities Alliance has provided an email template for you to amplify at It takes only minutes to inform your Representative of the importance of humanities funding for you and the citizens of your district.

If you have any questions, please contact Joel LeMon at

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