May 24, 2016
From: Isaac Brown, Legislative Counsel
This morning, the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) budget, released its draft bill for fiscal year 2017 appropriations.
Included within the bill is a proposed funding level of $149.85 million, an increase of $2 million over the agency’s current funding level. That number matches the president’s requested amount and demonstrates the bipartisan support the agency continues to receive from Congress. NASAA continues to urge Congress to increase the NEA’s budget to $155 million, but appreciates the proposed increase in funding for the agency, particularly given that Congress continues to encounter strong pressure to reduce domestic discretionary spending.
With the bill now proposed, the committee will hold a mark-up hearing on the legislationtomorrow, May 25, at 11:00 a.m. Given the limited time before the hearing is to begin, if you are represented by a member of the Interior Subcommittee, we urge you to contact that member and express the following:
NASAA developed these NEA Fast Facts that may make useful talking points.
We will continue to monitor events in D.C. as this situation unfolds and will keep you up to speed.