July 19, 2017
From: Isaac Brown, Legislative Counsel
Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee approved its version of the fiscal year 2018 budget for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) at $145 million. The legislation now awaits consideration on the floor of the House of Representatives, which could come any time between now and September 30 (when current funding expires). While amendments to the legislation during floor debate are possible, it is likely that House leadership will not permit such activity in order to maintain the delicate balance the bill has thus far struck to win support of the Republican caucus.
What this means is that our best opportunity to increase funding for the NEA for FY2018 is in the Senate, where we await release of its draft proposal. Therefore, if you are represented by a senator on the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee (which has jurisdiction over the NEA’s budget) and have not done so already, please contact their office (list below) and make the following points:
Again, we at NASAA sincerely appreciate your attention and efforts to support the NEA at this critical time. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee