Monday, November 20, 2017
Today, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee released their bill to fund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The bill proposes level-funding ($150 million) for both the NEA and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
Both the full U.S. House and the Senate Appropriations Committee have now solidly rejected the Administration’s call for termination of our nation’s cultural agencies. These actions come after months of record advocacy, including almost 187,000 messages through our #SAVEtheNEA campaign reaching every congressional office.
Congress has until December 8th to agree on funding levels for the entire federal government. Right now, current funding for the NEA ($150 million) is in place until that deadline. The NEA also continues to accept grant applications for FY 2018 at their usual deadlines and continues to operate as usual until a new budget is enacted by Congress.