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NEA Funding Increase Heads to the Floor

Dear Arts Advocate,

In a return to “regular order,” this week the U.S. House is scheduled to vote on the bill that funds the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)!

Floor votes on these appropriations bills have been rarer in recent years, and even more so in the U.S. Senate. However, quick action by both the House and Senate is expected these next two weeks!

A potential amendment to cut funding for the NEA and NEH.

This week, 170 amendments were filed to the House Interior bill, including two amendments that would impact the NEA. We are tracking these funding amendments and will keep you posted if they will be up for a vote. The House Rules Committee is meeting tonight to make those determinations.

Currently, the Interior bill would increase funding for both Endowments by $2 million, bringing their budgets to $155 million. This precisely matches the ask you and thousands of arts advocates made during Arts Advocacy Day in early March!

The U.S. House Interior Subcommittee working on FY 2019 Appropriations a few weeks ago.

In addition, this year’s House bill also includes specific support for the NEA and NEH to expand grant-making activities in honor of the legacy of former co-Chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus the late- Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY).

Join Americans for the Arts in making the case for additional dollars to keep up this good work.

Next week, the U.S. Senate is expected to consider their version of the Interior bill, which advanced in committee unanimously with full bipartisan support. The Senate bill would also increase funding to the Endowments by $2 million for FY 2019.  Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) reported that the last time a similar bill saw a floor vote in the U.S. Senate was nearly a decade ago, in FY 2010!

These floor votes will allow further consideration and more opportunities, too, for advocates to weigh in. If you haven’t contacted your representatives, now is a great time to share your views. Here’s an easy way to reach your representative directly by email or social media.

This week and next week your representatives will be seeing this ad in their Capitol Hill papers!

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Want to do more? Help us 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.

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