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Price Floor Remarks Honoring 50th Anniversary of NEH and NEA

September 29, 2015
Price Floor Remarks Honoring 50th Anniversary of NEH and NEA

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the 50th anniversary of the creation of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

As a Co-Chair of the Congressional Humanities Caucus and a member of the Congressional Arts Caucus, I am proud to strongly support the important missions of these two agencies.

The NEA partners with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector to promote arts education and community access to the fine arts.

The NEH remains the single most important source of federal funding for research and scholarship in history, literature, foreign languages, and other fields that provide us with invaluable ethical, cultural, and historical perspective.

Over the past five decades, NEH has awarded $5.3 billion in direct grants and leveraged an additional $2.5 billion in matching grants for humanities projects across the country. The agency has also been a pioneer in the digital humanities, making the humanities more accessible to all Americans.

Both the NEH and the NEA merit increased support. This investment is one of the most efficient we make in terms of leveraging private, non-profit and corporate dollars. These programs are critically important locally as well as nationally, and they are the foundation of an arts and humanities community that supports millions of jobs.

So let’s honor this 50th anniversary by renewing our national commitment to the arts and humanities and the many ways they enrich our lives.