Quick action by both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate is expected the next two weeks! The full U.S. House is scheduled to vote on the bill that funds the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) this legislative week (July 16-19). Floor votes on these appropriations bills have been rare in recent years in both Congressional chambers, but especially in the U.S. Senate. We expect the bill to go to the U.S. Senate floor next week.
BREAKING NEWS: The House will be voting on an amendment to cut funding for the NEA and NEH equally by 15% - a $23 million cut to each agency. Weigh in now to ask your member of Congress to vote against the Grothman amendment
. This amendment will be voted on later this week and would undo the bipartisan work and support to increase funding for our cultural agencies.
Previously, on June 6, 2018, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) at $155 million for FY 2019, a $2 million increase
. On June 14th, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee matched that funding increase, also proposing $155 million for the agency in FY 2019.
This proposed funding meets the ask of advocates from Arts Advocacy Day in March!
Additionally, during the House committee's consideration, Chairman Ken Calvert (R-CA) recommended adding new report language for the NEA and the National Endowment for the Humanities
The late-Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, before her address to the 2015 Arts Advocacy Day crowd, surrounded by Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), former NEH Chairman Bro Adams, and former NEA Chairman Jane Chu (standing).
(NEH) to encourage expanded grant-making activities to honor the leadership and arts advocacy of the late-Rep. Louise M. Slaughter.
Rep. Slaughter passed away unexpectedly on March 16, 2018, days after the 31st
annual Arts Advocacy Day. She was the founder and co-Chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus for over 20 years.
The incoming Congressional Arts Caucus co-Chair Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) thanked Chairman Calvert for including this new report language to the bill, which stated, "The Committee acknowledges and appreciates decades of arts and humanities advocacy by the late Rep. Louise M. Slaughter. In her memory, the Committee encourages NEA and NEH to expand grant-making activities in a manner that honors her advocacy, especially in rural and under-served areas, so more Americans are able to benefit from the economic, social, and educational impacts of the arts and humanities."
Americans for the Arts thanks Chairman Calvert, Ranking Member Betty McCollum (D-MN), and Rep. Pingree for their leadership and work to recognize Rep. Slaughter and support of the agencies to do more. Listen to Rep. Pingree's remarks here
Check out the video from our Artists Committee members Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kal Penn, Ben Folds, Josh Groban, and Julie Andrews, which has been viewed over 1 million times, and then take two minutes to send your message below. Thank you!