Increase NEA Funding!
Current Status:
On May 28, 2021, the Biden Administration released its fiscal year (FY) 2022 budget which included a $201 million recommended budget for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This is a recommended increase of $33.5 million over the FY 2021 budget for the agency, the largest potential increase in the agency's history! 

U.S. House appropriators are expected to begin their work in mid-June and will complete their work by the end of the month. 

Current Ask:
Request your members of Congress support the $201 million budget recommendation in the Interior Appropriations Bill which funds the NEA. See the 2021 NEA Issue Brief for further details.

Background:
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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