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"NEH CONGRESSIONAL UPDATE"
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National Endowment for the Humanities
USA United States of America
Congress has completed action on the FY 2000 Interior Appropriations bill,
which funds the NEH, and has sent the legislation to the President for his
signature. The bill includes an increase of $5 million in the agency's
funding, bringing the NEH budget total to $115.7 million. If the increase
remains, this would represent the first increase that Congress has provided
the Endowment in four years, and it would be spread across several program
areas. The final budget figure is still uncertain, however, because the
President is likely to veto the bill due to environmental and other
provisions. The NEH, like most other federal agencies, is currently funded
through a continuing resolution, which expires Nov. 10.
In other Capitol Hill matters important to the Endowment's interests,
earlier this week the Senate's Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and
Pensions approved seven Presidential nominees for the National Council on
the Humanities. It is hoped that the full Senate will approve the
nominations before Congress adjourns for the year.
By Michael Bagley, Director of Governmental Affairs