Materials from U.S. Congress Related to the Humanities, 2009-2015 DateTitleAuthorAuthor's Political AffiliationCategoryHow far did legislation go in Congress?About this research project NotesAnalysis white paper URL
2/10/2009Legislation: H. Res. 128Rep. John BoehnerRepublicanResolutionPassed HouseA House resolution to celebrate Miami University's 200th anniversary. "Miami University has enriched our Nation in the arts, humanities, and sciences through students and alumni who have achieved the pillar of their professions..."
2/11/2009Legislation: S. Res. 35Sen. George VoinovichRepublicanResolutionPassed SenateA Senate resolution to recognize Miami University's 200 years of success. "Whereas Miami University has enriched our Nation in the arts, humanities, and sciences through students and alumni who have reached the pinnacle of their professions, such as a United States Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize winners, a National Teacher of the Year, National Institutes of Health Fellows, National Science Foundation award recipients, National Endowment of the Arts awardees, and renowned journalists."
3/19/2009Legislation: S. 659Sen. Lamar AlexanderRepublicanBillIntroducedA Senate bill that seeks "to improve the teaching and learning of American history and civics." For agencies that receive grants, they must partner with "an institution of higher education," "a nonprofit history or humanities organization," and "a library or museum."
7/14/2009Legislation: S. 1447Sen. Kay HutchisonRepublicanBillIntroducedSenate bill 1447, "Connecting America Act of 2009," seeks to "expand broadband deployment," and it mentions the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities.
6/27/2012Legislation: S. Res. 512Sen. Kay Bailey HutchisonRepublicanResolutionPassed SenateThe resolution is to recognize Rice University's 100th anniversary. It mentions the university's advancements in the arts, humanities, and sciences.
9/30/2014Legislation: H.R. 3547Rep. Lamar SmithRepublicanBillBecame LawH.R. 3547 is the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014. In the section on humanities, the bill states, "For necessary expenses to carry out the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, $146,021,000 shall be available to the National Endowment for the Arts for the support of projects and productions in the arts, including arts education and public outreach activities, through assistance to organizations and individuals pursuant to section 5 of the Act, for program support, and for administering the functions of the Act, to remain available until expended."
1/12/2015Legislation: H. Res. 26Rep. Bob GoodlatteRepublicanResolutionIntroducedA resolution to speak out against President Obama's proposal on the Postsecondary Institution Ratings System. Goodlatte mentions the value of the free marketplace and the value of diversity. "Whereas many of these institutions are the intellectual homes to our great traditions of faith, social service, research, arts and humanities, all flourishing in the Nation's free marketplace of ideas." Same resolution was introduced on June 10, 2014 (H. Res. 614).
4/23/2015Honoring Mr. H. Dwight Weaver for Weaver for Receiving a Missouri Humanities Award Rep. Blaine LuetkemeyerRepublicanCongressional Record ArticleN/ARep. Luetkemeyer praises one of his contituents in front of Congress for an award received within the Missouri Humanities.
4/30/2015Legislation: S. 1177Sen. Lamar AlexanderRepublicanBillPassed Senate and House, and in the "Resolving Differences" Stage Before it is Sent to the PresidentThe Senate bill is "to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to ensure that every child achieves."
6/18/2015Legislation: H.R. 2822Rep. Ken CalvertRepublicanBillCurrently IntroducedThe bill is to make "appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, and for other purposes." It is significant due to its emphasis on funding. "For necessary expenses to carry out the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, $146,021,000 to remain available until expended, of which $135,121,000 shall be available for support of activities in the humanities."
9/10/2015Legislation: H.R. 3477Rep. Markwayne MullinRepublicanBillCurrently IntroducedThe bill discusses Native American tourism and Native American communities. Mullin's bill states, "To use the arts and humanities to help revitalize Native communities, promote economic development, increase livability, and present the uniqueness of the United States to visitors in a way that celebrates the diversity of the United States."
10/5/2015Legislation: S. 2132Sen. Thad CochranRepublicanBillCurrently IntroducedAn appropriations bill that continues to fund the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities with $146,021,000.