Senate Panel Increases Funding for NEH, Smithsonian and Historic Preservation

On June 21, 2007, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year (FY) 2008 funding bill for Interior and Related Agencies.

The committee provided the National Endowment for the Humanities with a $5 million increase over its FY 2007 level and the amount requested by the President for FY 2008 to a level of $146.3 million. This is significantly lower than the $160 million, or $19 million increase, provided by the House Appropriations Committee in its bill.

Despite the spate of bad publicity this week, the Smithsonian Institution’s budget would be $696.7 million, or an $18.3 million increase over the President’s request. Nearly all of that money though would be allocated for facilities upkeep.

The National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund would receive $75 million, or $11 million over the President’s request.