Please call, email, or fax your Representative and ask him/her to sign on to this letter today. A draft message is posted for you to email or fax your Member of Congress at the Humanities Advocacy Network's website: http://www.humanitiesadvocacy.org/action_ctr.html. Please feel free to customize the message, especially if you have recently participated in Humanities Advocacy Day congressional visits.
A large number of signatures on the Dear Colleague letter, particularly if they represent both sides of the aisle, will send a very important message to the leadership of the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee as they begin to work on the mark-up of the FY 2009 spending bill. All Members of Congress can be reached by phone through the Capitol Switchboard at 202.224.3121.
Note: Appropriations Committee members do not typically sign Dear Colleague letters addressed to their Subcommittee.
SAMPLE MESSAGE TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
I write to ask that you sign on to a Dear Colleague letter currently circulating by Rep. David Price (D-NC) and Rep. Phil English (R-PA), requesting $177 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities in FY 2009, an increase of approximately $30 million over the FY 2008 enacted level and the President's request.
The proposed increase would provide additional resources for important on-going NEH programs including state humanities councils, research, education, preservation, and public programming. It would also allow NEH to extend the reach of two of its major initiatives: the "We the People" program and the Digital Humanities Initiative.
The Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee said that signing this letter does not require certification and will not count against a Members' earmark requests.
For more information or to sign on to the letter, please contact Kate Roetzer with Rep. David Price at 5-1784 or Peter Sperry with Rep. Phil English at 5-5406. The deadline to sign the letter is Monday, March 17. You can view text of the letter at: http://www.nhalliance.org/caucus/house_neh_dcl.pdf.