Action Alert: Urgent!
Support for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) Reauthorization Needed by Wednesday.
NHPRC is due for reauthorization in Congress this year-a year when fiscal issues are hotly debated, and very serious situations are developing for essential programs like NHPRC. On Thursday, July 1 at 2:30, the Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census and the National Archives will mark up, or vote on, House bill, HR 5616 (new version of HR 1556.) It is now more similar to the comparable Senate bill (S. 2872), but the Senate version still calls for reauthorization of NHPRC at only $10 million. It is essential that the subcommittee approve the $20 million authorization version. There are some strong anti-spending voices on the committee-so it is critical that we let Chairman Lacy Clay (D-MO) know that the archives, history, and genealogy community wants to see this bill passed. Please call, fax, or email Chairman Clay and the subcommittee members by Wednesday evening. It is particularly important if you are in a state with one of the subcommittee members that you write directly to your member.
Carolyn Maloney, D, NY fax: 202-225-4709
Steve Driehaus, D, OH fax: 202-225-3012
Henry Cuellar, D, TX fax: 202-225-1641
Judy Chu, D, CA fax: 202-225-5467
Eleanor Holmes Norton, D, DC fax: 202-225-3002
Danny Davis, D, IL fax: 202-225-5641
John Mica, R, FL fax: 202-226-0821
Patrick McHenry, R, NC fax: 202-225-0316
Lynn Westmoreland, R, GA fax: 202-225-2515
Jason Chaffetz, R, UT fax: 202-225-5629
Call or send faxes to:
Chairman William Lacy Clay
Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census and the National Archives
B-349C Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC 20515
Fax: 202-225-4784 or Email: send as a pdf to Anthony.Clark@mail.house.gov.
Points to make in the letter (It can be brief and stress the first three points):
HR 5616 (new version of HR 1556), calls for reauthorizing the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) at the funding level of $20 million. It is scheduled to be marked up on Thursday, July 1 at 2:30 pm ET.
- IF YOU ARE WRITING TO A SUBCOMMITTEE MEMBER, URGE THEM TO ATTEND THE MEETING AND VOTE IN FAVOR OF HR 5616, to significantly improve the condition of and access to the American historical record.
- NHPRC is the only federal agency that provides grants specifically for archives, which it does through competitive grants for projects with a national scope and a modest State-National Partnership grant category for grants to states.
- NHPRC is a good investment of federal dollars. All grants must provide a 50% cost-share in local funds. NHPRC grants often serve as “seed money” to start archival programs or additional archival activities. Many institutions then continue to support the program with their own dollars after the grant period.
- NHPRC stimulates jobs in the archives and records management profession. Historical records projects are “jobs-heavy.” On the average 75% of NHPRC funds for projects are used to pay staff.
Provide information on why NHPRC is important to your region/state/institution, or tell a personal story about your use of a record or its importance to you.
For more information visit: National Historical Publications and Records Commission.