Appropriations Season is Underway
Congressional appropriators have begun debating the distribution of the federal budget for FY16 which begins October 1, 2015. In FY16 appropriations, PAA is advocating for:
- National Endowment for the Arts: $155 million in the Interior Appropriations bill
- Cultural Exchange: $110 million to the Office of Citizen Exchanges at the State Department in the State and Foreign Operations bill
- Arts Education: $30 million for the Arts in Education (AIE) programs at the Department of Education in the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education bill.
Both the House and Senate are debating their FY16 Interior Appropriations bills which contain recommendations for the NEA’s budget. On June 10, the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee approved level funding of $146 million for the NEA. The full House Appropriations Committee will vote on the bill Tuesday, June 16 at 10:15am. Write your Representative today and ask for $155M for the NEA!
Why $155 million? Though the NEA has been funded at $146 million for the past four years, previously, both the President and the Senate Appropriations Committee have supported $155 million–most recently in FY11. This is why PAA and the arts community advocate for this amount.
The Senate Interior Appropriations Committee is set to consider its FY16 bill on Tuesday, June 16 at 2:30pm. If you live in Alaska, California, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, or Vermont, your Senator serves on this committee. Write your Senator today and ask for $155M for the NEA in FY16!
Arts Education Appropriations
The House Appropriations Subcommittee for Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education is scheduled to debate its FY16 bill on Wednesday, June 17th at 9am. This bill determines the budget for the Department of Education and ultimately the Arts in Education program (AIE). The AIE program provides annual federal support for the development, evaluation, and dissemination of model programs that integrate arts instruction into other subject areas. It also provides support for professional development in arts education.
PAA and national arts advocates are asking Congress for $30 million for the Arts in Education program in FY16. If your Representative serves on the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee, contact him/her today! Tell them about the importance of the AIE program and access to high quality arts education for all students. See the list of committee members here.