NHPRC Reauthorization Bill Introduced in the Senate

On December 11, Senator Thomas Carper (D-DE) introduced legislation (S. 2872) to reauthorize the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for five years. The bill would increase the NHPRC’s authorized spending level by $500,000 each year beginning at $13 million in fiscal year (FY) 2010 and ending at $15 million in FY 2014. The NHPRC’s most recent authorization expired at the end of FY 2009, and was at a level of $10 million.

Legislation (H.R. 1556) to reauthorize the NHPRC was introduced in the House by Representative Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO) earlier this year. That bill would reauthorize the NHPRC at an annual level of $20 million per-fiscal year for five years running from 2010-14.

NCH supports the proposed funding level in H.R. 1556.