On July 12, the Senate passed legislation (S. 2872) to reauthorize the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) at a $10 million level for fiscal years 2010–2014. Unfortunately, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has yet to schedule a markup of a bill (H.R. 5616) to reauthorize the NHPRC at a $20 million level for fiscal years 2011–2015.
It is vitally important that H.R. 5616, with an annual authorization level of $20 million, pass the House and be reconciled with the Senate version before Congress adjourns in the fall. For that to happen, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee must take up the bill before the impending congressional recess which begins the first week of August.
The NHPRC’s most recent authorization, at an annual level of $10 million, expired at the end of FY 2009. Only twice over the past decade has the NHPRC received at least that amount and it has been chronically under-funded. While Congress can continue to fund the grants program without an authorization, it makes it more difficult to ensure that the NHPRC is not eliminated and is adequately supported by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees and the White House.
The National Coalition for History is asking you to contact the Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee TODAY and urge them to support consideration, and passage of, the NHPRC reauthorization bill (H.R. 5616) this month! All Members of Congress can be reached by via the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.
Letters, emails and phone calls from constituents within each Member’s district are most effective, but so are contacts by individual members of national, state, regional, and local organizations. A list of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, with direct links to their office Websites and phone numbers, is provided below.
- Chairman, Edolphus Towns, New York
- Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski, Pennsylvania
- Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, New York
- Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Maryland
- Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio
- Rep. John F. Tierney, Massachusetts
- Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay, Missouri
- Rep. Diane E. Watson, California
- Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, Massachusetts
- Rep. Jim Cooper, Tennessee
- Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Virginia
- Rep. Mike Quigley, Illinois
- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, Ohio
- Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, District of Columbia
- Rep. Patrick Kennedy, Rhode Island
- Rep. Danny Davis, Illinois
- Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland
- Rep. Henry Cuellar, Texas
- Rep. Paul W. Hodes, New Hampshire
- Rep. Christopher S. Murphy, Connecticut
- Rep. Peter Welch,
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- Rep. Bill Foster, Illinois
- Rep. Jackie Speier, California
- Rep. Steve Driehaus, Ohio
- Rep. Judy Chu, California
- Rep. Darrell Issa, California, Ranking Minority Member
- Rep. Dan Burton, Indiana
- Rep. John L. Mica, Florida
- Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr., Tennessee
- Rep. Michael Turner, Ohio
- Rep. Lynn A. Westmoreland, Georgia
- Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, North Carolina
- Rep. Brian Bilbray, California
- Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio
- Rep. Jeff Flake, Arizona
- Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, Nebraska
- Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Utah
- Rep. Aaron Schock, Illinois
- Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, Missouri
- Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao, Louisiana
- Rep. Bill Shuster, Pennsylvania