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As a member of the National Humanities Alliance, the American Studies Association is a key partner in the work to ensure a vibrant future for these sources of funding. At this critical time, each individual member of the ASA has a crucial role to play in making clear to elected officials that their constituents value the humanities. Below, the NHA provides an overview of the legislative landscape and information about the ways you can help safeguard the NEH and other federal programs.

This morning, President Trump released a budget blueprint that calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities, along with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Education’s International Education Programs, the Institute for Museums and Library Services, and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.

This is an assault on the humanities research, education, and programming that are essential to the cultivation of our national heritage and civic culture.

Congress will ultimately be responsible for writing the bills that fund the federal government. Members of Congress must receive the message that the humanities benefit us all. 

Click here to urge your Members of Congress to oppose these proposals!

If you have already contacted your elected officials about NEH in recent months, please also urge them to oppose this specific proposal by contacting them again now.

You can read more about the proposal and our campaign here.

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Posted for ASA Office in Press Releases
Post date: March 16, 2017