Issues at a Glance

Below is our policy agenda for 2022 developed in conjunction with our constituent organizations. Click on the issue brief title for further information on the individual issues.

For our archive of past advocacy issues, click here.

Support History Education

We support passage of the Civics Secures Democracy Act, which would provide $5 billion over the next five fiscal years to ensure that every K-12 student in America receives a high-quality history education.

Divisive Concepts Legislation

We oppose the passage of so-called “divisive concepts” legislation by state legislatures. Such bills are designed to limit discussion about racism, sexism, and discrimination in the classroom and/or the workplace. They endanger the academic freedom essential to all classrooms, especially those where history is the focus of discussion and debate. According to Education Week, as of June 28, 2022, “Since January 2021, 42 states have introduced bills or taken other steps that would restrict teaching critical race theory or limit how teachers can discuss racism and sexism. . . Seventeen states have imposed these bans and restrictions either through legislation or other avenues.”

NCH belongs to the Learn from History Coalition. It is a coalition of parents, educators, and other concerned Americans who are working together to combat “divisive concepts” bills and to ensure that all children can learn accurate, thorough, and fact-based history in our schools. For additional information, we also recommend:

Selection of a New Archivist of the United States

Archivist of the United States (AOTUS) David Ferriero retired in April 2022. NCH endorsed a statement to President Biden setting forth the background, characteristics and experience he should seek in selecting a replacement.

Public Access to Government Records and Information

Through legislation, regulation, and adequate funding, ensure that the public has the greatest possible access to federal government records and information.

Reform the Presidential Records Act

We urge Congress to reform and strengthen the Presidential Records Act. Effective enforcement measures, including appropriate penalties for noncompliance, are essential to establishing and maintaining sound record keeping practices.

Support the National Archives and Records Administration

We urge Congress to increase funding for the National Archives and Records Administration in Fiscal Year 2023.

Support the National Endowment for the Humanities

We urge Congress to increase funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities in Fiscal Year 2023.

Support the National Historical Publications and Records Commission

We urge Congress to increase funding for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission in Fiscal Year 2023.

Support the Institute of Museum and Library Services

We urge Congress to increase funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Fiscal Year 2023.

Support Funding for History and Preservation Programs at the National Park Service

Ensure that programs are under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service to educate our citizen’s about their nation’s history and  preserve America’s historic sites, buildings, and artifacts have strong federal government support.

Support Funding for Title VI/Fulbright-Hays International Education Programs

We urge Congress to increase funding for the Title VI/Fulbright-Hays International Education in Fiscal Year 2023.

Support the Library of Congress

We urge Congress to increase funding for the Library of Congress in Fiscal Year 2023.