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Senate Restores NEA Arts Funding for FY’18

Posted on: Nov 20, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!  Thanks to you and thousands of Arts Action Fund members, we advanced another big victory today in the United States Senate to #SAVEtheNEA. Senate Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), who received our Congressional Arts Leadership Award this year, soundly rejected President Trump’s attempt to terminate the nation’s cultural agencies by fully restoring FY 2018 arts funding to $150 million for both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. See below for a detailed chart of the Senate-proposed budgets of the various federal arts agencies.


You Did It:

Arts Action Fund members sent a record number of 187,115 e-mails to Congress this year to #SAVEtheNEA and it worked. These emails and the many personal visits to every Member of the House and Senate helped to secure the $145 million allocation first in the House on July 18th and the $150 million allocation today in the Senate. We now turn our efforts back to the House in order to persuade key appropriators to accept the Senate’s higher funding allocation for the arts and humanities during upcoming conference negotiations to arrive at a unified appropriations bill next month.



What’s Next:

Congress extended its deadline to December 8th to pass legislation to fund government agencies and programs, including the NEA.  At that time, they will need to either pass or further extend that deadline again in order to keep the government running. Other key factors still in play this fall include possible veto threats from the President, focus on tax reform, recovery funding, money to “build a wall,” and not reaching agreement on increasing the looming debt ceiling caps.



Get Inspired:

We’re close to the finishing line.  Help keep the pressure on Congress. Watch the above one million-plus viewed video featuring members of our Artist Committee speak out and then please come visit our online Action Center to send a message to Congress.

Thank you and please consider contributing to the Arts Action Fund to help us advance the arts and arts education in America.