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Tell Maine's delegation in DC that you value the work of the NEH

The Trump administration has released its proposal for the FY2018 federal budget. As expected, the proposal calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, among other agencies.

This marks the beginning of the budget process. As you know, our Constitution empowers Congress, not the president, to appropriate funds for the operation of the government. The appropriations process will play out over the coming weeks and months.

As the process gets underway, I am writing today to ask for your help. This is a key time for everyone who supports the humanities in the state of Maine to make their voices heard.

If you live in the First Congressional District and only have time to make one phone call, please call Representative Chellie Pingree. Rep. Pingree is a member of the Interior Subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations. This makes her one of the most influential members of Congress when it comes to the future of NEH and the other cultural agencies.

She knows how important the arts and humanities are to Maine, and she has long been a champion for us. Please call and thank her, and make sure she hears you say that funding for NEH/NEA and the other agencies is a priority for you. Chellie’s DC office phone number is (202) 225-6116.

If you have time to make two phone calls, or if you live in the Second Congressional District, please make it a priority to call Senator Susan Collins. Senator Collins is on the Senate Appropriations Committee, and so will have opportunity to influence the process. Senator Collins recently signed a letter to the president in support of NEH and NEA, one of only a few republican senators to do so. Please call to thank her for her support and let her know that the continued strength of NEH and NEA is a priority for you. The phone number for Senator Collins in DC is (202) 224-2523.

You can find additional contact information for the Maine delegation by clicking here (USPS address, email, district office telephone numbers). Please reach out in as many ways as you wish. And please pass this page along to anyone you think may be interested.

The more personal your call, the more clearly your message will be heard. That’s why I’m not asking you to follow a script or read pre-determined talking points. That said, if you want a little more information about what the Maine Humanities Council is doing throughout the state, you can find it here.

I am incredibly grateful for your support of the Maine Humanities Council and your willingness to speak out on behalf of our mission and work. I will be calling on you again at key moments throughout the process so you can keep weighing in and making your voice heard.

With gratitude,


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