Guam- No decision has been made by Congress yet on a measure that threatens to cut the federal funding of the National Endowment for the Humanities in half and close the Guam Humanities Council.
Executive Director Kimberlee Kihleng says the House of Representatives Interior Subcommittee brought the legislation before the full Appropriations Committee late last week. She mentions a large portion of the discussion was in opposition to the bill and in support of humanities councils and the National Endowment for the Arts. However, she notes the process is long before the House and Senate versions of the bill are reconciled. Kihleng believes the discussion is a good sign for Guam and the other 55 state and territory humanities councils.
“No decision was made,” said Kihleng. “The bill was not passed, which I think ultimately is good news for us, because it gives representatives a chance to return to their districts and to talk with their constituents. Find out what’s happening with the humanities councils, their states and the good work they’re doing.”
She adds that they will be meeting with Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo on September 3 when she returns to Guam.
In the meantime, she continues to ask family and friends of the council to support them by signing an online petition on their website. She highlights that the Federation of State Humanities Councils, their advocacy group in Washington D.C., says the response from Guam has been incredible so far.
For more information, log on to guamhumanitiescouncil.org .