Arts Mobilization Center - Arts Action Alerts
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While the full outcome of yesterday's election is still coming in, there are some key results that we can report on with more details to come in our post-election impact on the arts webinar on November 19 at 3:00 p.m.
The U.S. Senate has just passed their Interior Appropriations bill for FY 2019 including $155 million for both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities!
The U.S. House of Representatives soundly defeated an amendment that would have cut funding the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The House voted down the Grothman amendment by a vote of 114 – 297! This is one of the largest margins of support for the Endowments in the U.S. House!
Yesterday, the House Rules Committee green-lighted an amendment sponsored by Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI). His amendment would cut funding to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) by $23 million each – a 15% cut to each agency.
In a return to “regular order,” this week the U.S. House is scheduled to vote on the bill that funds the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)!
Floor votes on these appropriations bills have been rarer in recent years, and even more so in the U.S. Senate. However, quick action by both the House and Senate is expected these next two weeks!
On June 14, 2018, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved their bill to increase funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for FY 2019 by another $2 million, raising the proposed FY 2019 funding to $155 million. This bill passed with a vote of 31-0, making it a truly bipartisan effort. This matches the U.S. House Appropriations proposal of $155 million.
On June 6, 2018 the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) at $155 million for FY 2019, a $2 million increase. This proposed funding affirmed the House subcommittee’s action in May and meets the ask of advocates from Arts Advocacy Day 2018.
On the evening of May 15, the U.S House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee met to advance legislation to fund our cultural agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Under the leadership of Chairman Ken Calvert (R-CA) and Ranking Member Betty McCollum (D-MN), both the NEA and the NEH are proposed at $155 million for FY 2019!
Spring has sprung, and while Congress is starting work on the FY 2019 budget cycle, several arts-related events have occurred in the U.S. Capitol in the past week. We wanted to be sure to share them with you.
Congress is proposing to fund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) each at $152.8 million. This is a funding increase of $3 million to support more direct grants and expand access to creative arts therapies for the military.