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Representative Chellie Pingree’s Statement at the Full Committee Markup Meeting

Posted on: Jun 11, 2018

On Wednesday, June 6, at the Full Committee Markup meeting of the FY2019 Interior Appropriations Bill, Representative Chellie Pingree (D-ME), the new co-chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus, gave the following statement:

“…I want to thank the Chair and the rest of the subcommittee for their very strong, bipartisan support for the arts and humanities agencies, which was included in this bill. I feel fortunate to be a member of this subcommittee and to have a great working relationship with both sides of the aisle on this bill. As it pertains to arts and humanities funding, each of our districts has benefited from the federal investment that is made to these agencies. I know that towns across my district have been economically revitalized many times in part because of this funding. On that note, I wanted to thank the Chairman for some additional language that was included in the manager’s amendment. We all recently mourned the loss of one of our dear colleagues from New York, Louise Slaughter, and as many of you know, she spent decades of her time in Congress as the Democratic co-Chair of the Arts Caucus. She advocated tirelessly for the arts because she really understood their transformative value for our communities. I feel very honored that I have the opportunity to step into her shoes as the co-Chair for the Arts Caucus, and in her name, we want to be sure that the federal investment she fought for remains strong. The report language asks the NEA and NEH to expand grantmaking opportunities in researching various aspects of arts investment. I hope to continue working with the Chair and the Ranking Member to help preserve the intent of this language and to ensure that the Endowments have the resources necessary to carry it out.”

Watch Representative Pingree deliver her full statement here.