President Trump just released his Presidential Budget Request for FY 2019, which again calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which supports humanistic linguistic research and the Documenting Endangered Languages Program (in partnership with the NSF). The President's budget also calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Education’s International Education Programs, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, and the Institute for Museums and Library Services, a number of which also provide support support linguistics research and language programs. The request further calls for the elimination of federal funding for the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, many of whom engage in language studies.

According to the National Humanities Alliance (NHA), which was founded by the LSA and other scholarly societies in the early 1980s, "This is an assault on humanities research, education, and programming - all of which are essential to the cultivation of our national heritage and civic culture."

Congress will ultimately be responsible for writing the bills that fund the federal government.

Last year, the LSA and its allies sent a forceful message to Congress that we oppose the administration’s efforts to eliminate humanities funding. While the appropriations process for FY 2018 has not yet been completed, Congress has rejected Trump’s proposals at every turn.

Now is the time to speak out to ensure that Congress rejects these proposals for FY 2019. Let your Members of Congress know that you support the NEH!

Click here to urge your Members of Congress to oppose these proposals!

Click here to take action on behalf of other humanities programs!

Want to do more? Join the LSA and NHA on Capitol Hill for Humanities Advocacy Day in March! Learn more here.

You can read more about the proposal and the NHA campaign here.