In 2018, President Trump released his Presidential Budget Request for FY 2019, which again called 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 called 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 linguistics research and language programs. The request further called for the elimination of federal funding for the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, many of whom engage in language studies.

The budget for 2019 had called for cuts to the social sciences directorate of the NSF and the elimination of the NEH. These cuts did not end up being enacted, however, and the NSF received a modest increase in funding.

Outlook for FY 2020

The Trump Administration’s proposed 2020 budget proposal called for the complete elimination of NEH. Read more about how you can take action to prevent this from happening, via the LSA's affiliation with the National Humanities Alliance.

In mid-March, President Trump released a budget proposal that would allocate just $38 million to the NEH to close up their operation and would slash the NSF budget by $1 billion. Described by the administration as a move towards greater fiscal responsibility, this $4.75 trillion budget is in fact the largest in federal history. 

The President’s request proposes steep cuts to all corners of the federal budget, with the exception of national security-focused agencies which would see significant boosts. COSSA has provided a full analysis of the President’s proposals as they pertain to social and behavioral science research. You can read their supplement on the Department of Commerce budget request here.

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