115th Congress

Appropriations (1st session):
  • H.R.244, Consolidated Appropriations Act 2017, provided a nearly $2 million increase to the NEA, bringing the agency's budget to nearly $150 million for Fiscal Year 2017. President Trump signed the legislation into law on May 5, 2017, more than half-way through the fiscal year.
  • For Fiscal Year 2018, see this bipartisan House Dear Colleague led by Congressional Arts Caucus co-Chairs Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and signed by a record-number of members (154 members) supporting $155 million for the agency, and this Senate Dear Colleague supporting "no less than" $149.8 million, the current funding level.
Education & STEAM:



Read more in our Encourage Creativity
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  • Find all the latest on the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (P.L.114-354), the new K-12 federal education law, on our dedicated arts education legislative page
  • H.R.2353 Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. This House-passed bill retains explicit support for integrating arts and design skills training into career and technical education (CTE) programs, permitting states and school districts to support CTE programs that integrate arts and design skills. Congressional STEAM Caucus co-chairs Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY), who both serve on the committee, secured the provision.
  • H.Con.Res.29, sponsored by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), supports increased access to STEAM education.
Creative Economy:
  • S. 661/H.R.1649, Comprehensive Resources for Entrepreneurs in the Arts to Transform the Economy (CREATE) Act, sponsored by Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI). The legislation supports the development of arts businesses, jobs, and the growth of the creative economy. Check out detailed information our landing page here.
Tax & Charitable Giving:



President Trump released his tax proposal in April 2017, with specific support for the charitable tax deduction.

  • S. 1174/H.R. 1830, Artist-Museum Partnership Act, sponsored by Sen. Pat Leahy (D-VT) in the Senate and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) in the House, would allow artists to take an income tax deduction for the fair market value of their work when they donate their work to charitable collecting institutions. The bill has been introduced in a number of previous Congresses and has passed the Senate five times in previous years. Read more background here.
  • H.Con.Res.34, introduced by Philanthropy Caucus co-Chairs Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and John Lewis (D-GA), reaffirms the importance of encouraging charitable giving.
  • S. 1343, Charities Helping Americans Regularly Throughout the Year (CHARiTY) Act, sponsored by Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Bob Casey (D-PA), outlines a number of provisions to encourage year-round charitable giving, including the importance of not diminishing the charitable deduction during upcoming tax reform efforts. Read more about tax policy recommendations here.
Honorary Resolutions:


 

  • H.Res.251 expresses support for designating the weeks of April 9, 2017, through April 22, 2017, as National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Weeks. It is sponsored by Arts Caucus co-Chair Louise Slaughter (D-NY).
  • H.J.Res.95 expresses support for designation of September 2017 as "Gospel Music Heritage Month" and honoring gospel music for its valuable and longstanding contributions to the culture of the United States. It is sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX).

Archives:

114th Congress

Appropriations
  • H.R.5538/S.3068—Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017. Final work was not completed until the 115th Congress.
  • FY2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act—The 2016 appropriations agreement increased funding for the NEA by nearly $2 million to $148 million and also increased funding for the Arts in Education program from $25 million to $27 million. In addition, Congress placed no funding limitations on NEA's Our Town program. Read Americans for the Arts' letter in support of NEA's Our Town program here.
Other Legislation
  • P.L.114-354—Every Student Succeeds Act. Reauthorized federal K-12 education law through FY2020.
  • S. 1177—Every Child Achieves Act, introduced by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) was the Senate reauthorization the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and contained a number of arts-friendly provisions, including retaining the arts as a core academic subject, a key legislative priority.
  • H.R. 5587—Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, includes new, explicit support for integrating arts and design skills training into career and technical education (CTE) programs. Congressional STEAM Caucus co-chairs Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) secured the amendment.
  • H.R. 636—this Senate-passed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization included a requirement that the FAA provide to Congress a student outreach report on their efforts with elementary and secondary students who are interested “in careers in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics." Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) sponsored the provision.
  • H.Res. 161—sponsored by Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA), recognizes the importance of creative teaching and its beneficial impact in preparing students for careers in STEM fields.
  • H.Res.678—expresses support for designating the week of March 27, 2016, through April 2, 2016, as National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week. Arts Caucus co-Chairs Reps. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Leonard Lance (R-NJ) sponsored the resolution.
  • S. 2648—Comprehensive Resources for Entrepreneurs in the Arts to Transform the Economy (CREATE) Act, sponsored by Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM)
  • P.L.114-113—Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, made permanent the IRA Charitable Rollover provision.
  • H.R. 644—America Gives More Act of 2015, sponsored by Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY)
  • H.R. 637—Permanent IRA Charitable Contribution Act of 2015, sponsored by Reps. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
  • S. 1159—Public Good IRA Rollover Act of 2015, sponsored by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Susan Collins (R-ME), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Thad Cochran (R-MS)
  • S. 931/H.R. 4948—Artist-Museum Partnership Act, sponsored by Sen. Pat Leahy (D-VT) in the Senate, and Reps. John Lewis (D-GA) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
  • S. 2750—Charities Helping Americans Regularly Throughout the Year (CHARiTY) Act, sponsored by Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Ron Wyden (D-OR). Read this support letter on bill's position for preserving the charitable deduction.
  • S. 1244—Community Access Preservation (CAP) Act, sponsored by Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Ed Markey (D-MA)
  • H.R. 2323—United States International Communications Reform Act of 2015, sponsored by Reps. Ed Royce (R-CA) Eliot Engel (D-NY) includes a “Music for Peace” provision from Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX)
  • H.R. 1881/S. 977—American Royalties Too (ART) Act of 2015, sponsored by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Ed Markey (D-MA)
  • H.R. 271—COVER Act, sponsored by Rep. Bilirakis (R-FL), could improve access to evidence-based complementary and alternative treatments for veterans, including creative arts therapies.
  • S. 192—Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015, sponsored by Sen. Alexander (R-TN)
  • H.Res.365 expresses support for dancing as a form of valuable of exercise and artistic expression, and for the designation of July 25, 2015 as "National Dance Day." Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) sponsored the resolution.
  • H.J.Res.3—expresses support for designation of September 2015 as "Gospel Music Heritage Month" and honoring gospel music for its valuable and longstanding contributions to the culture of the United States. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) sponsored the resolution.
  • H.Con.Res.64—authorizes the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for a ceremony to present the Congressional Gold Medal to the Monuments Men, collectively, in recognition of their heroic role in the preservation, protection, and restitution of monuments, works of art, and artifacts of cultural importance during and following World War II. Congress passed legislation (P.L. 113-116, Monuments Men Recognition Act of 2014) in the previous Congress to award this medal. Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) sponsored the resolution.

113th Congress

  • H.R. 4719—America Gives More Act of 2014, introduced by Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY)
  • H.R. 4619—Permanent IRA Charitable Contribution Act of 2014, introduced by Reps. Aaron Schock (R-IL) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
  • S.2321—Songwriter Equity Act of 2014, introduced by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Bob Corker (R-TN), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
  • H.R. 4079—Songwriter Equity Act of 2014, introduced by Reps. Doug Collins (R-GA) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
  • H.R. 4103—American Royalties Too (ART) Act of 2014, introduced by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)
  • S.2045—American Royalties Too (ART) Act of 2014, introduced by Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Ed Markey (D-MA)
  • H.R. 3658—Monuments Men Recognition Act of 2014, introduced by Reps. Kay Granger (R-TX) and Michael Capuano (D-MA)
  • S.1862—Monuments Men Recognition Act of 2013, introduced by Sens. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
  • S.1789—Community Access Preservation Act, introduced by Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Ed Markey (D-MA)
  • S.1772—Public Good IRA Rollover Act, introduced by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
  • H.R. 2911—Wireless Microphone Users Interference Protection Act, introduced by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL)
  • H.R. 2482—Artist-Museum Partnership Act, introduced by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA)
  • S.1094—Strengthen America's Schools Act, introduced by Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA)
  • H.R. 5—Student Success Act, introduced by Chairman John Kline (R-MN)
  • H.Res. 51—Expressing the Sense of the House on adding art and design into STEM programs, introduced by Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI)
  • S.744—The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, introduced by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and others. Includes "Arts Require Timely Service" (ARTS) Act and "Jobs Originated through Launching Travel" (JOLT) Act.

112th Congress

  • H.R. 1190—Artist Museum Partnership Act, introduced by Reps. John Lewis (D-GA) and Todd Platts (R-PA)
  • H.R. 2502—Public Good IRA Rollover Act, introduced by Reps. Wally Herger (R-CA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
  • S.557—Public Good IRA Rollover Act, introduced by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
  • H.R. 4086—Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunity Clarification Act, introduced by Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), amends the federal judicial code with respect to denial of a foreign state's immunity from the jurisdiction of U.S. or state courts.
  • S.2212—Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunity Clarification Act, introduced by Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), amends the federal judicial code with respect to denial of a foreign state's immunity from the jurisdiction of U.S. or state courts.
  • H.R. 3688—Equity for Visual Artists Act, introduced by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), requires that whenever a work of visual art is sold for at least $10,000 at an auction by someone other than the authoring artist, that the entity collecting the money or other consideration pay a royalty equal to 7% of the price to a visual artists' collecting society.
  • S.2000—Equity for Visual Artists Act, introduced by Sen. Herbert Kohl, requires that whenever a work of visual art is sold for at least $10,000 at an auction by someone other than the authoring artist, that the entity collecting the money or other consideration pay a royalty equal to 7% of the price to a visual artists' collecting society.

111th Congress

  • National Arts in Healthcare Advocacy Council Legislative Recommendations
  • H.R. 1785—Arts Require Timely Service (ARTS) Bill. To expedite adjudication of employer petitions for aliens of extraordinary artistic ability.
  • S.405—The Artist-Museum Partnership Act, introduced by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Robert Bennett (R-UT).
  • H.R. 1126—The Artist Museum Partnership Act, introduced by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Todd Platts (R-PA).
  • S.864—Public Good IRA Rollover Act of 2009 -to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand tax-free distributions from individual retirement accounts for charitable purposes.
  • H.R. 1250—Public Good IRA Rollover Act of 2009 - to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand tax-free distributions from individual retirement accounts for charitable purposes.
  • H.R. 1388—The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act - reauthorizes the federal volunteer programs as administered through the Corporation for National Service. Among the eligible activities outlined in the legislation is a program that calls for artists and/or musicians to promote community unity in low-income communities with citizens of all ages.
  • H.Con.Res.275—A concurrent resolution expressing support for designation of the week beginning on the second Sunday of September as" Arts in Education Week."
  • H.Res.1582—"Whereas Americans for the Arts is the Nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in the United States."

110th Congress

Appropriations
  • H.R. 1105—FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act
  • H.R. 2643Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008 (including the NEA and NEH)
  • S.1696Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008 (including the NEA and NEH)
  • H.R. 3043Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008 (including the Arts in Education program, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Institute of Museum & Library Services)
  • S.1710Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008 (including the Arts in Education program, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Institute of Museum & Library Services)
  • H.R. 2764Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2008 (including the Cultural Exchange program at the State Dept.)
Other Legislation
  • S.548The Artist-Museum Partnership Act, introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) with 30 cosponsors (as of 4/25/08).
  • H.R. 1524The Artist Museum Partnership Act, introduced by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Jim Ramstad (R-MN) introduce with 95 cosponsors (as of 4/25/08)
  • S.819The Public Good IRA Rollover Act of 2007, introduced by Sens. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) with 28 cosponsors (as of 4/25/08)
  • H.R. 1419The Public Good IRA Rollover Act of 2007, introduced by Reps. Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) and Wally Herger (R-CA) with 116 cosponsors (as of 4/25/08)
  • H.R. 1320Interference Protection for Existing Television Band Devices Act of 2007 ("White spaces" legislation), introduced by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) with 17 co-sponsors (as of 4/25/08)
  • H.R. 1312To expedite adjudication of employer petitions for aliens of extraordinary artistic ability, introduced by Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) also known as the Arts Require Timely Service Act (ARTS) (Approved, 4/1/08)
  • H.R. 3359Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Fairness and Simplification Act of 2007, introduced by Rep. Henry C. Johnson Jr. (D-GA) and Rep. Chris Cannon (R-UT) with 13 co-sponsors (as of 04/25/08)
  • H.R. 5889The Orphan Works Act of 2008, to provide a limitation on judicial remedies in copyright infringement cases involving orphan works, introduced by Reps Howard Berman (D-CA), John Conyers (D-MI) and Lamar Smith (R-TX).
  • S.2912The Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act of 2008, to provide a limitation on judicial remedies in copyright infringement cases involving orphan works, introduced by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT).

109th Congress

Appropriations
  • H.R. 5647Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2007 (including the Arts in Education program, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Institute of Museum & Library Services)
  • H.R. 5386Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006 (including the NEA and NEH)
  • 05-18-06The U.S. House of Representative approved a $10 million increase for the NEA in the FY 2007 Interior Appropriations bill. (amendment language from Congressional Record)
  • H.R. 3010—Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006 (including the Arts in Education program, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Institute of Museum & Library Services)
  • H.R. 2361—Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006 (including the NEA and NEH)
  • 05-19-05—The U.S. House of Representative approved a $10 million increase for the NEA in the FY 2006 Interior Appropriations bill. (amendment language from Congressional Record)
Other Legislation
  • H.R. 1120—The Artist's Contribution to American Heritage Act of 2005 (introduced by Reps. Ramstad (R-MN), Cardin (D-MD), and additional co-sponsors)
  • S.372—The Artist-Museum Partnership Act (introduced by Sen. Leahy (D-VT) and additional co-sponsors)
  • H.R. 192—Expresses the sense of the House of Representatives' encouragement of Americans' active engagement in world affairs, and urges the Secretary of State to take the lead and coordinate with other governmental agencies and nongovernmental organizations in creating an online database of international exchange programs and related opportunities (introduced by Reps. McGovern (D-MA))
  • S.Res. 104—People-to-People Engagement in World Affairs Resolution (introduced by Senators Feingold (D-WI) and Hagel (R-NE) and additional co-sponsors)