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H.R. 68: Defund National Endowment for the Humanities Act of 2019

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About the bill

Should the government continue funding the $152.8 million agency?


The National Endowment for the Humanities, often known as the NEH, is a government-funded program to support humanities and educational programs and projects. Their budget was $152.8 million last year.

President Trump’s most recent budget proposal advocates slashing their budget to $42 million, or about a two-thirds reduction. However, some believe the cuts should go even further — to zero.

What the bill does

The Defund National Endowment for the Humanities Act [H.R. 68] would do exactly what its name implies.

The defunding would take place beginning in the fiscal year following the bill’s potential passage. So if it were to hypothetically pass tomorrow, the funding would cease on October 1.

The bill was introduced on ...

Sponsor and status

Andy Biggs

Sponsor. Representative for Arizona's 5th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 3, 2019
Length: 2 pages
Jan 3, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Jan 3, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on January 3, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jan 3, 2019

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H.R. 68 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 68. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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