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Tuesday, July 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. The funding restoration now returns each of these agencies to their current FY14 level of funding of $146 million for FY15.

During debate, Ranking Member Lowey thanked the Chairman for including this funding, noting its impact on economic development and job creation. In opening remarks, Interior Subcommittee Ranking Member Jim Moran (D-VA) also spoke about the bill’s role in protecting our cultural resources.

The committee approved the FY15 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill on a vote of 29-19, enabling it now to advance to the House floor for debate. The manager’s amendment was approved on a voice vote.