September 28, 2018
From: Isaac Brown, Legislative Counsel
President Trump has signed legislation extending funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and other agencies until December 7. In doing so, Congress has given itself another two months to try to negotiate differences between the House and Senate on the amount certain federal agencies should receive in fiscal year 2019. It is important to note that the NEA is not an area of disagreement between the House and Senate. Both chambers have passed legislation increasing the Agency’s funding by $2 million to $155 million. However, the NEA’s budget is tied to both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department, where the points of disagreement between the House and Senate persist. Unfortunately, until Congress is able to agree on legislation for the remainder of the fiscal year the NEA will not be able to receive the proposed increase.
NASAA will continue to monitor these discussions closely and keep you apprised as events unfold.