ACTION ALERT Posted on behalf of the Joint Task Force on Advocacy for NHPRC CONTINUING THE MESSAGE TO RESTORE FUNDING FOR NHPRC The House of Representatives has restored funding for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission in its budget bill--$5.5 million for competitive grants and $2 million for program administration. The House Subcommittee on Treasury, Transportation, HUD, and the Judiciary added the funding back on June 15, and the House Appropriations Committee approved that addition on June 21. This is a very positive result at this stage, and the organizations and individuals who raised their voices to request restoration of funding can be very pleased. Of course there's more to be done, but now in the Senate, to preserve this funding or to raise it to the $8 million in grants and $2 million in administration that the archives, records management, history, and research community has identified as the essential level of funding. To ensure that this funding survives through the next stages of the budget process, the following steps must be taken: In the Senate: Send letters to your senators. If your senator is on the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Subcommittee on Treasury, Transportation, HUD, and the Judiciary, ask him or her to propose that the funding recommended by the House be increased to $8 million for competitive grants and $2 million for staff and administration in the National Archives budget. (For a list of committee and subcommittee members, see www.savearchives.org) If your senator is not on the Appropriations Committee or the Senate T-THUD Subcommittee, ask him or her to contact Senator Kit Bond, chair of the T-THUD Subcommittee (if your senator is a Republican), or Senator Patty Murray, ranking member of the T-THUD Subcommittee (if your senator is a Democrat), with a request that the funding recommended by the House be increased to $8 million for competitive grants and $2 million for staff and administration in the National Archives budget. Archival organizations should also contact Senator Bond as the chair of T-THUD and indicate their support for funding restoration. Be sure to cite your membership numbers in your support letter. Make a visit to the home offices of your senators or representative. Or, if you or your constituents are going to be in Washington, DC, plan to visit your members' DC offices. If you can't talk with the senator or representative, talk to his or her staff members-and specifically the staff member who handles appropriations issues. Again, urge them to contact their colleagues on both the Senate and House Appropriations Committee and the Subcommittees on Treasury, Transportation, HUD and the Judiciary to voice their support for the restoration of funding for NHPRC. Where to go for more information and to keep current on this issue: -- Council of State Historical Records Coordinators: www.coshrc.org -- Society of American Archivists: www.archivists.org -- SaveArchives.org, a Web site dedicated to preserving our nation's archival heritage: www.savearchives.org These sites contain: -- Guidelines for writing letters to Congress. -- Name/address/fax for House and Senate committee members. -- Background information on NHPRC and its contributions, including a comparison of the funding levels for NHPRC and related federal programs. Questions? Suggestions? Contact: [log in to unmask] or [log in to unmask] Members of the Joint Task Force on Advocacy: Council of State Historical Records Coordinators: David Carmicheal, Sandra Clark, Kathleen Roe Society of American Archivists: Peter Gottlieb, Joan Krizack, Rand Jimerson, Richard Pearce-Moses, Nancy Beaumont National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators: Tim Slavin ARMA International: Stacey Moye o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o The Archival Association Leadership Listserv (AALL) is co-sponsored by the Council of State Historical Records Coordinators (COSHRC) <http://www.coshrc.org> and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) <http://www.archivists.org>. Additional information about the list, including terms of participation, may be found at <http://www.archivists.org/listservs/aall.asp> or at <http://www.coshrc.org/connections/>. To unsubscribe, send a request to the list moderator, Jenifer Burlis-Freilich, at <[log in to unmask]>. Disclaimer: The opinions and views expressed on this listserv and the information provided by the participants do not necessarily reflect the opinions, views, or policies of SAA, COSHRC, or other sponsoring institutions or organizations.