FY ’12 Federal Funding Decisions At Final Stage–Action Needed Now!

The House and Senate are concluding year-end negotiations over Fiscal Year 2012 spending levels. It is important if you care about funding for agencies such as the National Endowment for the Humanities and National Historical Publications & Records Commission, and Department of Education programs such as Teaching American History grants and Title VI/Fulbright-Hays International Education, that you contact your Members of Congress as soon as possible.

Note: All House and Senate office numbers may be reached through the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. You can also refer to the list of House and Senate Appropriations Committee members at the bottom of this story to identify those from your State or Congressional district.

Congress has only cleared 9 of the 12 annual appropriations bills for the fiscal year that began on October 1, 2011. The current stopgap continuing resolution (CR) that is keeping the agencies covered by the remaining nine appropriations bills expires on December 16. The House and Senate Appropriations Committees are in the final stages of negotiating funding levels that would be included in an omnibus spending package to provide funding for the rest of FY ‘12. So time is running out for you to advocate for these programs that are vital to the historical and archival communities.

U.S. Department of Education

Teaching American History Grants

NCH Position: Support the Senate level of $46 million for Teaching American History Grants in FY ‘12.

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a Fiscal Year Labor, HHS and Education 2012 funding bill (S. 1599) that includes $46 million for the Teaching American History (TAH) grants program. However a draft House Appropriations Committee version of the bill would eliminate funding for TAH.

Teaching American History Grants received $46 million in FY ‘11, but that funding went to existing TAH grantees. There were insufficient funds available to make new grants.

Teaching American History Grants Totals:
• FY ‘11: $46 million
• FY ’12 Senate Appropriations Committee (approved): $46 million
• FY ‘12 House Labor/HHS/Education Subcommittee (draft): $0
• President’s FY ‘12 Budget Request: $0; history education funding would be consolidated into a “Well Rounded” Education fund that does not yet exist in law

Title VI and Fulbright Hays Programs

NCH Position: Support the Senate funding level of $7.46 million for Fulbright-Hays and $1.5 million for Title VI-C, Institute for International Public Policy for FY ’12, meaning no additional cuts from the FY 11 level for any of the programs.

Our partners at the National Humanities Alliance have set up an advocacy alert that allows you to send e-mails to your Member of Congress on this issue. Click here to access their “Online Advocacy Action Center.”

The U.S. Department of Education’s International Education and Foreign Language Studies (IEFLS) programs, including HEA-Title VI and Fulbright-Hays programs, form the vital infrastructure of the federal government’s investment in the international service pipeline. The 14 IEFLS programs support comprehensive language and area study centers with the United States, research and curriculum development, opportunities for American scholars to study abroad, and activities to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in international service.

The Fulbright-Hays programs are of particular importance to historians because of the resources they provide for research and education relating to foreign languages and cultures. Funding opportunities include:

• Short-term study and travel seminars abroad for U.S. educators in history and related disciplines for the purpose of improving their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries.
• Grants to support overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in languages and area studies
• Grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months.

Funding for the Department of Education’s Title VI/Fulbright-Hays International Education programs was cut $50 million (or 40%) from $126 million in FY ‘10 to $76 million in FY ‘11.

In the Senate Appropriations Committee’s version of the FY ‘12 Labor/HHS/Education appropriations bill (S. 1599), all programs in the higher education account—including Title VI and Fulbright-Hays—are continued at the FY ‘11 levels.

While the House Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Subcommittee has yet to take up its version of the bill, Chairman Denny Rehberg (R-MT) has released a “draft” FY 2012 funding bill that eliminates funding Fulbright-Hays and the Title VI-C, Institute for International Public Policy. Title VI-A&B would be funded at the FY 2011 level.

Fulbright-Hays:
• FY ‘11: $7.46 million;
• FY ‘12 Senate Committee (approved): $7.46 million;
• FY ‘12 House Labor/HHS/Education House Appropriations Subcommittee (draft): $0;
• President’s FY 12 Budget Request: $15.5 million (same as FY “10)

Title VI-C, Institute for International Public Policy:

• FY ‘11: $1.5 million;
• FY ‘12 Senate Appropriations Committee (approved): $1.5 million
• FY ‘12 Labor/HHS/Education House Appropriations Subcommittee (draft): $0
• President’s FY ‘12 Request: $1.9 million

National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC)

NCH Position: Support the Senate FY ’12 funding level of $ 5 million for the NHPRC.

The Senate Appropriations Committee has marked up the Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Financial Services and General Government (FS&GG) funding bill (S. 1573) that includes $5 million for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

This is $1.986 million less than the NHPRC received in FY ’11, but the same amount the Obama administration requested for FY ’12. The House Appropriations Committee’s version of the FS&GG FY ’12 bill only provides $1 million for the NHPRC.

NHPRC Totals:
• FY ‘11: $7 million
• FY ‘12 Senate Appropriations Committee (approved): $5 million
• FY ‘12 House Appropriations Committee (approved): $1 million
• President’s FY ‘12 Budget Request: $5 million

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

NCH Position: Support the Senate FY ’12 funding level of $155 million for NEH.

The Senate Appropriations Committee recently released bipartisan draft text of the FY ‘12 Interior Appropriations Bill. The measure provides FY ‘12 funding of $155 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), roughly the same level enacted for FY ‘11. Given current budget constraints, this is the highest amount one could have expected from the Senate.

While the Senate Appropriators released draft text of the FY ‘12 Interior bill, the Committee has not actually marked up (voted on) the measure.

The Senate figure is $20 million higher than the level approved by the House Appropriations Committee in July (H.R. 2584), and $8.7 million higher than the amount proposed

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in the President’s FY ‘12 Budget Request.

NEH Totals:
• FY ‘11 CR: $155M
• FY ‘12 Senate Appropriations Interior Subcommittee (draft): $155 million
• FY ‘12 House Appropriations Committee (approved): $135 million
• President’s FY ‘12 Budget Request: $146.3 million

SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
Sen. Dan Inouye (D HI), Chair
Sen. Thad Cochran (R MS), Ranking Member

Financial Service & General Government Subcommittee Members (#)
Chair, Sen. Richard Durbin (D IL)
Ranking Member, Sen. Jerry Moran (R KS)

Interior, Environment & Related Agencies Subcommittee Members (+)
Chair, Sen. Jack Reed (D RI)
Ranking Member, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R AL)

Labor, HHS & Education Subcommittee Members (*)
Chair, Sen. Tom Harkin (D IA)
Ranking Member, Sen. Richard Shelby (R AL)

Majority (16 D)
Sen. Dan Inouye (D HI) *
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D VT) +
Sen. Tom Harkin (D IA) *
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D MD) * +
Sen. Herb Kohl (D WI) * +
Sen. Patty Murray (D WA) *
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D CA) +
Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D IL) * #
Sen. Tim Johnson (D SD) +
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D LA) * +
Sen. Jack Reed (D RI) * +
Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D NJ) #
Sen. Ben Nelson (D NE) + #
Sen. Mark Pryor (D AR) *
Sen. Jon Tester (D MT) +
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D OH) *

Minority (14 R)
Sen. Thad Cochran (R MS) * +
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R KY)
Sen. Richard Shelby (R AL) *
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R TX) *
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R TN) * +
Sen. Susan Collins (R ME) +
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R AK) +
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R SC) *
Sen. Mark Kirk (R IL) * #
Sen. Dan Coats (R IN)
Sen. Roy Blunt (R MO) +
Sen. Jerry Moran (R KS) * #
Sen. John Hoeven (R ND) +
Sen. Ron Johnson (R WI) * +

HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
Rep. Hal Rogers (R KY-5), Chair
Rep. Norm Dicks (D WA-6), Ranking Member

Financial Service & General Government Subcommittee Members (#)
Chair, Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R MO)
Ranking Member, Rep. Jose Serrano (D NY)

Interior, Environment & Related Agencies Subcommittee Members (+)
Chair, Rep. Mike Simpson (R ID-2)*
Ranking Member, Rep. Jim Moran (D VA-8)

Labor, HHS & Education Subcommittee Members (*)
Chair, Rep. Denny Rehberg (R MT-At Large)
Ranking Member, Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (D CT-3)

Majority (29 R)
Rep. Hal Rogers (R KY-5), Chairman
Rep. C. W. Bill Young (R FL-10)
Rep. Jerry Lewis (R CA-41) * +
Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R VA-10)
Rep. Jack Kingston (R GA-1)*
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R NJ-11)
Rep. Tom Latham (R IA-4)
Rep. Robert B. Aderholt (R AL-4)
Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R MO-8) #
Rep. Kay Granger (R TX-12) *
Rep. Mike Simpson (R ID-2) * +
Rep. John Culberson (R TX-7)
Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R FL-4)
Rep. Denny Rehberg (R MT-At Large) *
Rep. John Carter (R TX-31)
Rep. Rodney Alexander (R LA-5) * #
Rep. Ken Calvert (R CA-44) +
Rep. Jo Bonner (R AL-1) #
Rep. Steven C. LaTourette (R OH-14) +
Rep. Tom Cole (R OK-4) +
Rep. Jeff Flake (R AZ-6) * +
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R FL-21) #
Rep. Charlie Dent (R PA-15)
Rep. Steve Austria (R OH-7)
Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R WY-At Large) * +
Rep. Tom Graves (R GA-9) #
Rep. Kevin Yoder (R KS-3) #
Rep. Steve Womack (R AR-3) #
Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R MS-1)

Minority (21 D)
Rep. Norm Dicks (D WA-6), Ranking Member
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D OH-9)
Rep. Pete Visclosky (D IN-1)
Rep. Nita Lowey (D NY-18) *
Rep. José E. Serrano (D NY-16) + #
Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (D CT-3) *
Rep. Jim Moran (D VA-8) + #
Rep. John W. Olver (D MA-1)
Rep. Ed Pastor (D AZ-4)
Rep. David Price (D NC-4)
Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D NY-22) + #
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D CA-34) *
Rep. Sam Farr (D CA-17)
Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. (D IL-2) *
Rep. Chaka Fattah (D PA-2)
Rep. Steve Rothman (D NJ-9)
Rep. Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (D GA-2)
Rep. Barbara Lee (D CA-9) *
Rep. Adam Schiff (D CA-29)
Rep. Mike Honda (D CA-15)
Rep. Betty McCollum (D MN-4) + #

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