Legislative News - 2012
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12-05-2012: Americans for the Arts joined over 250 coalition members representing the diversity of the charitable sector in asking Members of Congress and President Obama to preserve the charitable deduction by meeting with congressional leaders on "Preserve Giving–DC" Day.
09-25-2012: The U.S. Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee released its draft FY 2013 funding legislation, which includes $154.255 million each for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
09-22-2012: Congress avoids a government shutdown by agreeing to a stopgap funding measure called a Continuing Resolution that would keep the government running until March 27. The measure basically keeps most agencies and programs operating at their previous year's funding levels until a final funding agreement can be reached.
07-18-2012: The U.S. House subcommittee that funds the U.S. Department of Education passed their FY 2013 appropriations bill and proposed termination of the Arts in Education program as they have in previous years.
06-28-2012: Congress agrees to a two-year reauthorization of federal transportation programs, including revised language impacting surface transportation projects that have supported public art, design, historic preservation, museums, and landscaping since 1991.
06-15-2012: The Senate Appropriations Committee approves the FY 2013 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill, which includes $26.5 million for the Arts in Education program at the U.S. Department of Education.
05-10-2012: U.S. Secretary of Commerce and the U.S. Secretary for the Interior released the U.S. “National Travel & Tourism Strategy” as developed through the Task Force on Travel & Competitiveness.
04-02-2012: The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released updated numbers from its Fast Response Survey System about K-12 arts education.
03-26-2012: Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch and award-winning actor Stanley Tucci testified at a public witness hearing before the House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee in support of the NEA increase and on behalf of federal cultural funding.