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May 6, 2013 / Council of State Archivists

ACTION ALERT: Stop the Impending Fiscal Disaster for Historical Records in the United States!

Tell the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services to Provide Level Funding for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

In a year in which natural disasters have rocked many parts of the United States, a fiscal disaster is brewing in Washington, DC, for archives, manuscripts, and records organizations nationwide. The potential result is a severe crippling of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission’s (NHPRC’s) ability to carry out its legal mandate – which in turn seriously impedes the capacity of repositories nationwide to care for our nation’s heritage and make it available for use by our citizens.

Please join the effort to ask the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee on Financial Services to provide level funding for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Here’s what you can do to help avert this crisis:

If your Representative is a member of the Financial Services Subcommittee—or of the House Appropriations Committee—fax, email, or call your member to express your support for level funding for NHPRC as part of the National Archives budget. In your letter or call, address the specific benefits of NHPRC for your organization/state/users. The more your Congressperson understands that his/her constituents are affected directly, the more convincing your message will be.

Financial Services Subcommittee Members:

  • Republicans
    • Ander Crenshaw, Chairman (Florida)
    • Jo Bonner (Alabama)
    • Mario Diaz-Balart (Florida)
    • Tom Graves (Georgia)
    • Kevin Yoder (Kansas)
    • Steve Womack (Arkansas)
    • Jaime Herrera Beutler (Washington)
  • Democrats
    • José Serrano, Ranking Member (New York)
    • Mike Quigley (Illinois)
    • Marcy Kaptur (Ohio)
    • Ed Pastor (Arizona)

View a list of the full House Appropriations Committee.

Find contact information for your committee member.

If your representative is not on this Subcommittee, you can still help! Send a fax or email to Subcommittee Chair Ander Crenshaw (Florida) or Ranking Member José Serrano (New York) to express your support for level funding for NHPRC.

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