114th Congress

Appropriations:
  • H.R. 2822/S.1645 – Interior-EPA. This annual bill provides funding to cultural agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Both the House and Senate committees proposed sustained funding ($146 million) for the coming fiscal year for the NEA. See this House Dear Colleague signed by a record-number of members supporting at least $154.466 million for the agency and this Senate Dear Colleague supporting the President’s request. Read Americans for the Arts' letter in support of NEA's Our Town program here.
  • H.R. 3020/S.1695 – Labor-HHS-Education. This bill provides funding for the U.S. Department of Education’s Arts in Education (AIE) program. It also provides funding to the Office of Museum Services within the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Read more about the AIE request here.
Education:



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  • S.1177, Every Child Achieves Act, sponsored by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and contains a number of arts-friendly provisions, including retaining the arts as a core academic subject, a key legislative priority. Read more here. Read Americans for the Arts' Congressional Conference Committee priorities for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act here.
Tax & Charitable Giving:



The bill featured on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO. Clip here.

  • S.931, Artist-Museum Partnership Act, sponsored by Sen. Pat Leahy (D-VT) 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.R. 644, America Gives More Act of 2015, sponsored by Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) includes a provision to make the IRA Charitable Rollover permanent. The House has passed this charitable tax extenders package twice. Making permanent the IRA Charitable Rollover has been a key legislative goal for the last decade, as the current cycle of expiration and reinstatement has left many donors and nonprofit arts organizations unable to maximize their community impact. Read more on this provision and tax reform proposals here.
  • H.R. 637, Permanent IRA Charitable Contribution Act of 2015, sponsored by Reps. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) is stand-alone legislation to permanently extend the IRA Charitable Rollover provision. This provision would permit donors age 70 1/2 and older to make tax-free charitable gifts directly from their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), spurring charitable donations to social service programs, religious organizations, arts and culture institutions, schools, healthcare providers, and the full array of nonprofits that serve Americans every day, all of which benefit Americans across the country.
  • 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) would make the provision permanent, lift the $100,000 limit, and lower the age threshold.
Health:
  • S. 192, Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015, sponsored by Sen. Alexander (R-TN) reauthorizes funding for support services, including creative arts therapies and requires the Administration on Aging to focus on health and welfare needs of older individuals, which could increase access to creative arts therapies and artist-directed health promotion programs.
Media & Technology:

  • S.1244, Community Access Preservation (CAP) Act, sponsored by Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Ed Markey (D-MA) would preserve public, educational, and governmental (PEG) access television channels for local communities.
  • 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) to direct the U.S. International Communications Agency to highlight programming content, including music, that promotes peace in countries facing high levels of terrorism or other forms of religious, ethnic, or political violence.
Patents/Royalties:
  • 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) would allow U.S. artists to collect resale royalties when their works are sold at auction.
STEAM:
  • H.Res.247, sponsored by Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI) expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that adding art and design into Federal programs that target the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields encourages innovation and economic growth in the United States.
  • H.Res161, 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.
Veterans:


Find more resources at ArtsAcrossTheMilitary.org

Find more resources at: ArtsAcrossTheMilitary.org

  • 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. It would set up a commission to examine the evidence-based therapy treatment model used for treating mental illness and the potential benefits of incorporating complementary and alternative treatments available in non-Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities, including music therapy.
 
Honorary Resolutions:



Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) dancing in his office to Pharrell Williams' "Happy". Clip here.

  • 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." It is sponsored by Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC).
  • 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. It is sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX).
  • 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. The resolution is sponsored by Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX).

Archives:

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 (2nd Session)
  • H.R. 1105—FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act
Appropriations (1st Session)
  • 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 (2nd session)
  • 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)
Appropriations (1st session)
  • 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)