Updated: Wednesday, July 19, 4:40pm
House Appropriations Committee Approves
$145 Million for NEA
Last night, the full House Appropriations Committee approved a budget for the Department of Interior that would fund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) at $145 million for fiscal year 2018.
Congress has shown strong bipartisan support in recent years, increasing the NEA’s budget by $2 million in both FY 2016 and 2017, resulting in a $150 million budget in FY17. This occurred in spite of the administration’s request to cut the agency by $15 million in FY17 and releasing a budget proposal that would eliminate the agency in FY18.
The full House must still pass this legislation and the Senate also needs to introduce a budget proposal for the Interior Department, which likely won’t happen until after the August recess.
This past year, members of the Senate requested at least $150 million in funding for the NEA. There is still time to urge the Senate to reinstate the $5 million eliminated from the House proposal. Dance/USA, along with our arts partners, will continue to urge the Senate to fund the NEA at $155 million for FY18.
Thank you for your ongoing advocacy!
Dance/USA continues to advocate for the field, meeting with Congressional offices and working with national arts organization partners. Find additional talking points about the value of the NEA, as well as other key legislative issues, by visiting Dance/USA’s advocacy page.
Updated: Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 9:50pm
From: Americans for the Arts
Late last night, the full House Appropriations Committee met and approved funding for the National Endowment for the Arts at $145 million for FY 2018. While we’re still gathering details of the meeting, this completes the U.S. House committee consideration and advances the proposal to a possible action on the U.S. House floor in the coming weeks.
Although we are disappointed by this proposed $5 million (cut from $150 million in FY 2017), we are encouraged that it is not the termination proposal sought by the Administration since March. This House proposal falls short of the funding requested by a record bipartisan group of 154 members of Congress of $155 million. Similar to the request made by members in the House, 40 Senators requested NEA funding of at least $150 million for FY 2018.
|The accompanying U.S. House report notes the “broad bipartisan support” of NEA’s participation in the National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military, led by Americans for the Arts. Be sure to check out the NEA’s Creative Forces for more information about that specific program also referenced in the report.|
What happens next?
Now, members of Congress are discussing how to continue work to pass these proposals before funding runs out at the end of September. Still to come is the U.S. Senate’s proposal expected after Labor Day. With your help, we are asking the U.S. Senate to meet the request of $155 million for both Endowments. Take 2 minutes now to contact your U.S. Senators by using our easy, customizable form. Click here.
In addition, your elected representatives will be in their home states leading up to Labor Day. August is a great time to see them in your local offices at home. Use our easy Advocacy Toolkit to request meetings and equip yourself with all the latest information that can help make the case.
ICYMI, check out Americans for the Arts President & CEO Bob Lynch’s statement following the approval by the U.S. House subcommittee.
Want to do more? Help Americans for the Arts continue this important work by also becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund. If you are not already a member, play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today – it’s free and easy to join.
Updated: Wednesday, July 12, 2017
House Proposes $145 Million for NEA
This afternoon, the House Interior Appropriations Committee will markup proposed funding legislation that includes funding the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) at $145 million for fiscal year 2018, $5 million less than the current budget. While a far cry from the administration’s proposal to eliminate the agency, Dance/USA encourages dance advocates who have contacts or live or work within the congressional districts of members on the Interior Appropriations subcommittee to write their lawmakers and urge them to restore $5 million to the NEA’s budget.
Updated: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
From Americans for the Arts
Today, the White House released the official details of its proposed FY2018 “skinny budget” that the President proposed back in March. In this latest version, the president doubles down on his recommendation to eliminate the nation’s key federal cultural agencies for the arts, humanities, museums, libraries, and public broadcasting by allocating the minimal amount “for expenses necessary to carry out their closure.” The budget proposal also eliminates important arts education and afterschool grant programs.
(source: Americans for the Arts Action Fund)
TAKE ACTION NOW
- Congress is now our only firewall to prevent the President’s extreme proposals from being enacted. Please contact your Members of Congress to urge them to #SAVEtheNEA and these other cultural agencies. Be sure to look up and include your own stories of how NEA grants have impacted the arts in your state and Congressional district.
- Send a customizable tweet to your Members of Congress. Click the Twitter logo on that page to pull up the customizable message that will automatically be sent to your specific Congressional delegation.
In May, the Performing Arts Alliance submitted written testimonies about the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to the House and Senate appropriations subcommittees on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies. These subcommittees make recommendations for the NEA’s budget.
PAA’s testimonies highlighted the value of the NEA’s support for the performing arts in the United States, included specific examples of PAA member organizations’ programs and services that have received recent grant support from the agency, and urged the committee to fund the agency at $155 million for fiscal year 2018. Click here to read PAA’s testimonies.