Legislative News - 2016
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Americans for the Arts joined with 65 arts organizations (and growing) to demonstrate to a new Administration how the arts can (and should) be included in its broader policy priorities under development.
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to reauthorize career and technical education (CTE) programs that serve high school students.
Reps. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) and Walter Jones (R-NC) led a bipartisan letter in support of the military bands of the United States Armed Forces. Americans for the Arts endorsed the letter, along with 19 organizations.
This round of proposed regulations was designed to provide clarity and support to state education agencies as they design accountability systems, report cards, and state plans. However, as is also evident by the sheer number of public comments, there were several concerning provisions in the proposal.
This new authorization of the the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act attempts to better align CTE programs with the current job market by supporting innovative learning opportunities, building stronger community partnerships, and encouraging more engagement with employers.
The Senate kicked off action this week on bills funding the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) during its consideration of the annual Interior Appropriations bill.
This week, the Senate Appropriations Committee advanced bipartisan legislation setting Fiscal Year 2017 funding levels for a number of federal agencies and programs, including the Assistance for Arts Education at the U.S. Department of Education.
Mirren joined a panel of witnesses at a Senate Judiciary Subcommittees joint hearing June 7 to discuss recently introduced legislation that could provide a new avenue to aid in the recovery of stolen or looted Nazi-era artwork.
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives Interior Appropriations Subcommittee unanimously approved legislation to fund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) at an increase of nearly $2 million in funding. The proposed funding is just shy of $150 million for FY 2017.