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
1/6/2009Legislation: S. Res. 8Sen. Harry ReidDemocratResolutionPassed SenateA resolution pertaining to the death of former Senator Claiborne de Borda Pell. The resolution goes on to say, "Claiborne Pell sponsored the legislation that, in 1965, created the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities and, in 1966, created the National Sea Grant College and Program," and "Claiborne Pell sought to expand educational opportunities throughout his tenure as a member and as Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Education, Arts and Humanities."
1/13/2009Legislation: H. Res. 50Rep. George MillerDemocratResolutionPassed HouseA resolution on the death of former Senator Claiborne de Borda Pell. Pell sponsored the legislation for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The resolution is similar to S. Res. 8, but this is in the House.
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."
4/21/2009Legislation: H. Res. 320Rep. Melvin WattDemocratResolutionPassed HouseThe resolution honors the life of Dr. John Hope Franklin and his accomplishments. "Dr. John Hope Franklin served on many national commissions and delegations, including the National Council on the Humanities..." A similar resolution was introduced on March 31, 2009 (H. Res. 302).
6/15/2009Legislation: H. Res. 493Rep. Ron KleinDemocratResolutionPassed HouseThe House resolution is to support Hillel's contributions to the Jewish community. "Hillel has contributed to the Nation's preeminence in science, industry, and the humanities by helping generations of students attain the dream of higher education."
10/13/2009Legislation: H. Res. 659Rep. Alcee HastingsDemocratResolutionPassed HouseH. Res. 659 is a House resolution to congratulate Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. It quotes the fraternity's theme and discusses ways that members are leaders across the country, including in the humanities.
3/16/2010Legislation: S. Res. 456Sen. Jim WebbDemocratResolutionPassed SenateThe Senate resolution is to recognize Radford University's 100th anniversary.
4/21/2010Legislation: H. Res. 1182Rep. Rick BoucherDemocratResolutionPassed HouseThe House resolution is to recognize the 100th anniversary of Radford University, and Boucher discusses the contributions students made in the arts, humanities, and more.
9/23/2010Legislation: H. Res. 1582Rep. Louise McIntosh SlaughterDemocratResolutionPassed House"Resolved, that the House of Representatives congratulates and honors Americans for the Arts for its 50 years of service in advancing the arts and arts education in the United States."
11/16/2010Legislation: H. Res. 1654Rep. Rush HoltDemocratResolutionPassed HouseThe legislation is a House resolution for "Undergraduate Research Week" across disciplines, including the arts and humanities.
2/18/2011Legislation: H. Res. 105Rep. John ConyersDemocratResolutionIntroducedThis is another resolution congratulating Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. It is significant because a similar resolution was passed in 2009, but this 2011 resolution was not. Conyers submitted the same resolution in 2010, titled H.Res. 1778. The same bill was introduced in the Senate (S. Res. 221) on June 29, 2011, and it passed the Senate.
3/20/2011Legislation: S. Res. 116Sen. Charles SchumerDemocratResolutionPassed SenateS. Res. 116 is "to provide for expedited Senate consideration of certain nominations subject to advice and consent," and the members of the National Council for the Humanities are included.
9/29/2011Legislation: H. Res. 417Rep. Michael CapuanoDemocratResolutionIntroducedThe resolution is for the following purpose: "Commending the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and its 231st Class of members on the occasion of the institution's October 1, 2011, Induction ceremony in Cambridge, Massachusetts."
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.
6/3/2013Legislation: H. Res. 244Rep. Eleanor Holmes NortonDemocratResolutionIntroducedA resolution to "express support for Lunchtime Music on the Mall in Washington, D.C." The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities sponsored the lunchtime music, along with other groups.
5/22/2014Legislation: S. Res. 458Sen. Benjamin CardinDemocratResolutionPassed Senate"Whereas countless survivors of the Holocaust living in the United States have made numerous and substantial contributions to society in the areas of the humanities, science, government, law, history, medicine, military service, philosophy, social justice, technology, and more..."
6/10/2014Legislation: H. Res. 618Rep. Eleanor Holmes NortonDemocratResolutionIntroducedThe bill is similar to H. Res. 244 and H. Res. 264. It is significant because Norton continues to push for events with the partnership of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
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).
5/14/2015Legislation: H. Res. 264Rep. Eleanor Holmes NortonDemocratResolutionCurrently IntroducedSimilar to H. Res. 244, Norton introduced a resolution to have lunchtime music in the National Mall through the partnership of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanites and others.