Following is a statement by Association of American Universities on the House Appropriation Committee’s proposed increase to funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities.
We commend the House Appropriations Committee’s action to increase federal investment in the important work of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). We applaud Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen and Ranking Member Nita Lowey, as well as Subcommittee leaders Representatives Ken Calvert and Betty McCollum for their leadership in supporting NEH. NEH’s work enriches our society and fosters cultural understanding.
The competitive research programs funded by the NEH impact all aspects of American society. They support the core fields of knowledge and enrich individual lives, provide a foundation for success in a wide range of careers, undergird our civic institutions, support strategic national interests, and help advance sound public policymaking. Through these NEH grants, AAU universities are proudly and actively engaged in fostering understanding of our collective American heritage.
Founded in 1900, the Association of American Universities comprises 62 distinguished institutions that continually advance society through education, research, and discovery.
Our universities earn the majority of competitively awarded federal funding for academic research, are improving human life and wellbeing through research, and are educating tomorrow’s visionary leaders and global citizens.