July 26, 2023
From: Isaac Brown, NASAA Legislative Counsel
Tomorrow morning, the Senate Appropriations Committee will meet to consider the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies fiscal year 2024 appropriations bill, which includes funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. While we don’t know the figure the Senate will propose, it is paramount that the chamber support funding for the Arts Endowment at the current figure ($207 million) or higher in order to push back against the House of Representatives, which proposed reducing the agency’s funding to $186.3 million earlier this month. Pressing for a higher figure is important, because the House and Senate will ultimately negotiate the differences between their respective bills.
Therefore, if you are represented by a member of the Senate appropriations subcommittee, we urge you to contact their office and ask that they support maintaining existing funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. In doing so: