Increase NEA Funding!
Current Status:
On October 18, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee revealed its suggested budget for the NEA and NEH for fiscal year (FY) 2022 at $182.5 million. While this is an increase over FY 2021 levels, it falls short of the House-approved $201 million budget number for the agencies.

The Senate Appropriations Committee will vote on the individual funding bills which will then go on for full Senate approval. If there is a discrepancy in budget numbers in the House or Senate versions of the funding bills, they will need to be reconciled. 

Current Ask:
Request that your U.S. Senators support the House-approved $201 million budget for the NEA and NEH for FY 2022. 

Background:
On July 29, the full U.S. House voted to pass the FY 2022 Interior Appropriations Bill, accepting $201 million for the NEA and $201 million for the NEH. This is a potential increase of $33.5 million over the FY 2021 budget for both agencies, the largest increase in their history! 

On May 28, 2021, the Biden Administration released its FY 2022 budget which included a $201 million recommended budget for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME), sets funding levels for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and other cultural agencies. Both the subcommittee and the full committee voted to accept the Biden Administration's funding request of $201 million for the NEA and also included $201 million for the NEH to keep the agencies funded in tandem. 

In January 2021, the 117th Congress began and congressional appropriators started the cycle for the fiscal year (FY) 2022 appropriations process. In each of the FY 2018 - 2021 cycles, the Trump administration sought to eliminate the NEA; however, Congress strongly rejected that proposal on a bipartisan basis each year, and actually increased NEA funding every year. FY 2021 saw a final funding level of $167.5 million each for the NEA and NEH. 

The House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee is led by Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and David Joyce (R-OH) and the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee is led by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). 

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