Date: Wed, 9 Aug 1995 12:11:41 -0400 From: Allan Metcalf Subject: NEH funding update Once again, for those interested in prospects for funding the National Endowment for the Humanities, a report from our Washington contact, the National Humanities Alliance. - Allan Metcalf ********************************* 8 August 1995 TO: NHA Members & Friends FR: John Hammer RE: NEH and other Cultural Agencies in FY-96 Interior Appropriation will go to Senate floor before August break __________________________________________________________________ In July, the Senate Appropriations Committee decided on a FY-96 budget that provides the following for NEH and its sister agencies: NEH $114.5 million NEA 99.5 million IMS 21.0 million NEH is $15 million higher than the House-passed bill. Senate allotments for NEA and IMS are the same as the House bill. NEH and NEA are about 40% below their current funding levels (but above the Senate Budget Committee recommendation of a 50% cut); IMS is about 25% lower. TIMING: The Senate Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill (H.R. 1977) in which the cultural agency budgets reside, may go to the floor anytime between August 8 and the recess. Earlier, Majority Leader Robert Dole (R-KS) said the Senate would recess on August 9 and did not include Interior on the list of bills to be completed. Yesterday, Mr. Dole said that Interior would go to the floor before recess, even if that did not begin until August 17. The Senate is presently engaged in welfare reform, which could take several days or could be pulled until a clearer consensus can be developed behind the scenes. Individuals wishing to contact senators on the NEH issue can: (a) telephone Washington offices [all can be reached through the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121], and (b) telephone in-state offices for messages and/or to arrange meetings. AMENDMENTS: Several amendments involving the cultural agencies are floating around. All amendments involving funding increases must indicate an offset of an equal amount from another item in the Interior budget. There is only one amendment that we are quite certain will be offered (but we are not sure who the sponsors will be): o Patrick Leahy [D-VT] (with at least one co-sponsor from among Robert Bennett [R-UT], Dale Bumpers [D-AR], and James Jeffords [R-VT]) to bring both NEH and NEA to $120 million and increase IMS by perhaps $2 million. The offset may come from the Naval Petroleum Reserve. This amendment (minus IMS) only failed by one vote in the full Appropriations Committee. Bipartisan sponsorship would seem to have the best prospects. o Other more ambitious amendments (e.g., to bring all three agencies to 15% below current budgets -- 15% being the reduction in the overall allotment to the Interior subcommittee). The problem these amendments face is finding an offset which is large enough but not strongly defended. MESSAGE: Senators should be urged to: (a) Support the Appropriation Committee numbers; and (b) Support amendments that would increase appropriations to these agencies; but (c) Defeat amendments that would seek to decrease funding or further restrict the agencies' ability to operate. KEY TARGETS: A - Swing votes (Highest priority): Conrad Burns (R-MT), Hank Brown (R-CO), Robert C. Byrd (D-WV), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Robert Dole (R-KS), J. James Exon (D-NE), Bill Frist (R-TN), Bob Graham (D-FL), Rod Grams (R-MN), Charles E. Grassley (R-IA), Judd Gregg (R-NH), Mark Hatfield (R-OR), Ernest F. Hollings (D-SC), Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI), J. Bennett Johnston (D-LA), J. Robert Kerrey (D-NE), Richard G. Lugar (R-IN), Connie Mack (R-FL), John McCain (R-AZ), Frank H. Murkowski (R-AK), Sam Nunn (D-GA), Richard Shelby (R-AL), Ted Stevens (R-AK), Strom Thurmond (R-SC), and John W. Warner (R-VA). B - Likely to support NEH et al (Good to reinforce): Max Baucus (D-MT), Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D-DE), Richard Bryan (D-NV), Kent Conrad (D-ND), Alfonse D'Amato (R-NY), Mike DeWine (R-OH), Pete Domenici (R-NM), Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Russ Feingold (D-WI), Howell Heflin (D-AL), Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX), Nancy Kassebaum (R-KS), Herbert H. Kohl (D-WI), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Patty Murray (D-WA), Bob Packwood (R-OR), David Pryor (D-AR), Harry Reid (D-NV), Olympia Snowe (R-ME). C - Signers of the 7/10/95 Simpson/Dodd letter calling upon Senator Gorton "to recommend the highest possible levels of funding for the [NEA, NEH, and IMS]": Daniel Akaka (D-HI), Robert Bennett (R-UT), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Bill Bradley (D-NJ), John Breaux (D-LA), Dale Bumpers (D-AR), Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO), John Chafee (R-RI), William S. Cohen (R-ME), Thomas Daschle (D-SD), Christopher Dodd (D-CT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Wendell Ford (D-KY), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Jim Jeffords (R-VT), Edward Kennedy (D-MA), John Kerry (D-MA), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Carl Levin (D-MI), Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Carol Moseley Braun (D-IL), Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY), Claiborne Pell (D-RI), Charles Robb (D-VA), Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), William Roth (R-DE), Paul Sarbanes (D-MD), Paul Simon (D-IL), Alan Simpson (R-WY), Arlen Specter (R-PA), and Paul Wellstone (D-MN). -- National Humanities Alliance 21 Dupont Circle, N.W. 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