March 28, 2022
Wasting no time following passage of the fiscal year 2022 budget earlier this month, the Biden administration released its FY2023 budget request to Congress this morning. Though this document is not binding, it serves as an important signal to Congress about the administration’s funding priorities for the upcoming year.
In the document, the President urges Congress to increase funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to $203.55 million, an increase of more than $23 million over the agency’s finalized FY2022 funding level. With the budget now public, the House and Senate appropriations committees will prepare their FY2023 budget recommendations for all federal agencies. The subcommittees for Interior, Environment and Related Agencies have purview over the NEA’s budget recommendation in both chambers. We expect all committees to work quickly, as the process is already well behind schedule due to the complications related to the FY2022 bill.
As Congress begins this process, I would encourage all of you to contact your U.S. senators and representatives in support of the President’s proposal. In doing so, consider the following: