Washington Congressman Jim McDermott (7th District) joined 87 of his Colleagues in the House of Representatives to sign a Dear Colleague letter addressed to Interior Appropriations Chairman Jim Moran (D-VA) and Ranking Member Mike Simpson (R-ID). The letter, requested $232.5 million in FY 2011 funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities -an increase of approximately 40%. The letter also details the agency’s important work and states that current demand for humanities project support far exceeds funding availability. President Obama has proposed a $7.2 million cut to the agency’s program funds for FY 2011. A copy of the letter can be found here.