House & Senate Appropriations Panel Approve NEH Funding

On June 27, 2007, by a vote of 272-155, the House of Representatives passed the FY 2008 Interior and Related Agencies spending bill (HR 2643) .

The bill includes $160 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities. This amount represents a $19 million increase over the President’s budget proposal and the FY 2007 enacted level, as specified in the Committee Report (HR 110-187) accompanying the bill.

The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved its version of the bill (S. 1696) on June 21. The bill provides $146 million for the NEH, only a $5 million increase above both the FY 2007 level and the President’s request (S. Rept. 110-91).

NEH Funding by Program Area
FY 2008 House passed bill (H.R. 2643) v. Senate Appropriations Committee bill (S. 1696)
In Thousands of Dollars

Federal/State Partnership – 36,000 vs. 32,200
Preservation and Access – 19,000 vs. 18,600
Public Programs – 12,500 vs. 12,900
Research Programs – 13,000 vs. 13,200
Education Programs – 13,000 vs. 12,800
Program Development – 400 vs. 362
“We the People” Initiative Grants – 23,000 vs. 15,200
“Digital Humanities” Initiatives – 3,000 vs. 1,400
Administration – 25,600 vs. 25,000
Treasury Funds – 5,000 vs. 5,000
Challenge Grants – 9,500 vs. 9,500
TOTAL INCREASE: House: (+18,895); Senate Appropriations Committee (+5,000)
BILL TOTAL: House $160 million; Senate Appropriations Committee $146 million

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