Congress Rejects President Trump’s Effort to Defund the Endowments

Despite President Trump’s proposal to cut all funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Congress is signalling its support for these programs.  

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations just passed a bill that includes $145 million for each, NEH and NEA.  Last year, both programs received $150 million apiece.  

While the Coalition for American Heritage is dismayed to see any cuts in funding, we are heartened by the support that many Members of Congress have shown.  Next, the bill be voted on by the U.S. House of Representatives before being sent to the U.S. Senate for consideration.

We will continue to advocate for full funding of the endowments and generous support of America’s anthropological and archaeological research.  

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