Yesterday I wrote about how my congressman, Scott Perry (PA-10) tried to cut funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Well, it appears that Perry’s attempt failed. Here a message I received today from the National Humanities Alliance:
“…the House voted yesterday evening to reject the amendment to the House Interior Appropriations bill offered by Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA-10)! This amendment would have eliminated funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
The House rejected Perry’s amendment by a vote of 292-132. The 292 Representatives who voted against the amendment were a truly bipartisan group of 207 Democrats and 85 Republicans. This was the first time since 2018 that Representatives have taken a vote specifically on the NEH.
We were particularly pleased to see our allies on the Hill speak from the floor on behalf of the NEH. Representative Mike Simpson (R-ID-2) emphasized the geographic reach of NEH grants and the essential work the agency does to preserve our history. Representative Chellie Pingree (D-ME-1), meanwhile, emphasized that NEH grants help communities engage in civic discussion on their most pressing issues, using history and great literature as their starting points.