Tell the House to Support Increased FY22 Funding for the National Archives and NHPRC

The National Coalition for History (NCH) has worked with Congressmen John Larson (D-CT), Don Young (R-AK), and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) to seek support for additional funding in the upcoming fiscal year (FY) 2022 budget for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). They have circulated a “Dear Colleague” more >

K-12 History and Civics Funding Bill Reintroduced in Congress

Legislation has been reintroduced authorizing the federal government to make a large investment in K-12 history and civics education.  The bill authorizes $1 billion in spending per-year over the next six fiscal years for grants to states, institutions of higher education, qualified non-profits, and researchers. The National Coalition for History (NCH) has endorsed the bill more >

Educating for American Democracy Report on K-12 History and Civics Education

The Educating for American Democracy initiative today released a comprehensive report detailing ways to improve K-12 history and civic learning across the nation. Educating for Democracy is a  collaboration among over 300 academics, historians, political scientists, K–12 educators, district and state administrators, civics providers, students, and others from across the country. The project was initiated more >

Bill to Secure Records During Presidential Transition Introduced

Following reports that the outgoing Trump administration is destroying presidential records and ignoring the law when using non-official electronic devices to conduct official business, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Thursday introduced the Promoting Accountability and Security in Transition (PAST) Act, to clarify and enhance existing law with regards to presidential transition and presidential records. Congressman Mike Quigley (IL-05) more >

Bill to Provide $1 Billion in Support of K-12 History & Civics Education Introduced

Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and John Cornyn (R-TX) have introduced the “Educating for Democracy Act of 2020.” It is the companion bill to one introduced in September by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK) which will significantly increase federal financial support for history and civics education. Click here to see a summary more >

Historians Sue Trump Administration to Prevent Destruction of Records During Transition

National Coalition for History member organizations, the National Security Archive, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the American Historical Association, joined with the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) in filing suit against President Donald Trump in his official capacity, seeking to enforce the Presidential Records Act and prevent any more >

Senate Appropriations Committee Releases FY 21 Funding Bills

The Senate Appropriations Committee has released all twelve of its draft FY 21 appropriations bills. In general, the Senate levels are close to, or slightly less than, the House. We have prepared a chart detailing the Senate numbers compared to the House and president’s budget request. Here are the highlights. We will be providing funding more >

House Committee Chairs Tell Federal Agencies and White House to Preserve Records

The chairs of 21 House committees have sent letters to the White House counsel and 53 federal government agencies reaffirming their responsibility under federal law to preserve their records, in particular those relating to investigations of the Trump administration. The letter states, “Over the last four years, the Administration obstructed numerous congressional investigations by refusing more >

House Passes Fiscal Year 2021 Appropriations Bills

The House of Representatives has passed ten of the twelve FY 21 appropriations bills and rejected the president’s proposed budget cuts across-the-board. As a result, we have the final House numbers for most agencies and programs that affect history, archives, humanities, and education.

Ask Congress to Support Additional COVID-19 Assistance for NEH

Our colleagues at the National Humanities Alliance (NHA) have issued a legislative alert seeking additional funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in the next round of COVID-19 assistance legislation Congress is expected to consider soon. NCH has been working closely with NHA throughout the pandemic in supporting increased federal funding for the humanities community. The NEH more >