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U.S. House Scheduled to Vote on Interior Appropriations Bill

Posted on: Jul 16, 2018

In a return to “regular order,” the U.S. House is voting on the bill that funds the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) this week!

Floor votes on these appropriations bills have been rarer in recent years, and even more so in the U.S. Senate. However, quick action by both the House and Senate is expected these next two weeks!

This week, over 250 amendments were filed to the House bill, including 170 amendments just on the Interior bill. Two amendments would impact the NEA. We are tracking these funding amendments and will keep you posted if they will be up for a vote. The House Rules Committee is meeting tonight to make those determinations.  

Currently, the Interior bill would increase funding the both Endowments by $2 million, bringing their budgets to $155 million. This precisely matches the ask you and hundreds of arts advocates made during Arts Advocacy Day in early March!

In addition, this year’s House bill also includes specific support for the NEA and NEH to expand grant-making activities in honor of the legacy of former co-Chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus the late- Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY).

Join Americans for the Arts in making the case for additional dollars to keep up this good work.

Next week, the U.S. Senate is expected to consider their version of the Interior bill, which advanced in committee unanimously with full bipartisan support. The Senate bill would also increase funding to the Endowments by $2 million for FY 2019.

Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) reported that the last time a similar bill saw a floor vote in the U.S. Senate was nearly a decade ago, in FY 2010!

This more open process will allow further consideration and more opportunities, too, for advocates to weigh in. If you haven’t contacted your representatives, now is a great time to share your views. Here’s an easy way to reach your representative directly by email or social media.

Thank you for being an arts advocate!

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