Congressional Panel Restores Humanities Funding

July 16, 2014

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday reversed a Republican proposal to cut funding to the National Endowment for the Humanities by more than 5 percent in the coming fiscal year. The full committee approved an amendment to the Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, which sets the NEH budget, to fund the federal humanities agency at the same level as the current year.

Lawmakers on the subcommittee overseeing the NEH budget last week had approved legislation that would have reduced it by $8 million in the federal fiscal year that begins October 1. That would have been a reduction from its current $146 million.

The committee adopted the entire funding measure on a 29-19 vote amid a fight over Environmental Protection Agency climate regulations. The bill now heads to the full House. The U.S. Senate has not yet taken up a version of the spending bill.

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