Aug 01, 2014

Today, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee released its draft version of the FY 2015 Interior Appropriations bill which would provide an additional $4 million to both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Humanities Endowment (NEH)--to $150 million for each agency.

Jul 29, 2014

Last week, Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx after singer-guitarist John McCauley of the band Deer Tick wasn’t able to board a plane with his instrument.

Jul 17, 2014

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a package of charitable tax provisions that includes making permanent the IRA Charitable Rollover provision – a legislative goal of Americans for the Arts for the last decade.

Jul 15, 2014

Today, Americans for the Arts joined the Future of Music Coalition and nearly two dozen of America’s most prominent arts and cultural organizations to call for rules to prevent Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from picking winners and losers online.

Jul 15, 2014

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee today approved legislation restoring $8 million in FY15 funding cut from both the NEA and NEH. Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY) secured the funding restoration within the non-controversial manager’s amendment offered by Interior Subcommittee Chairman Ken Calvert (R-CA). Heading into the committee markup, Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) was also prepared to offer an amendment to restore the cuts to the NEA and NEH.

Jul 09, 2014

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives Interior Appropriations Subcommittee approved legislation on a voice-vote to fund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and other cultural institutions like the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Smithsonian Institution.

Jun 12, 2014

Today the U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Jane Chu as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Chu is currently the president and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo. She fills a chair position left vacant at the NEA since Rocco Landesman stepped down in 2012.

May 29, 2014

Today, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee advanced legislation (H.R. 4619) to make the IRA Charitable Rollover tax provision permanent in the U.S. tax code, as part of a markup of 5 bills highlighting the U.S. tax code’s impact on charitable giving.

May 16, 2014

On May 15, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held an Open Meeting to consider whether to advance a notice of proposed agency rulemaking on net neutrality. The notice was considered in light of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals’ remand of portions of the FCC’s previous 2010 Open Internet Order in January 2014 in its decision in Verizon v. FCC.

May 16, 2014

U.S. House Representatives Aaron Schock (R-IL) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) have introduced legislation that would permanently extend the IRA Charitable Rollover Provision.