NEA Budget Restored in House Committee!

July 15, 2014

Following last week’s House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee recommendation to cut $8 million from the budget of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), this morning the full Appropriations Committee reversed the cut, restoring NEA funding in the bill to the current level of $146 million.  Interior Subcommittee chairman Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA) offered a manager’s amendment – a set of amendments that already have bipartisan support – which restored the FY15 recommendation for the NEA to matching last year’s allocation. Committee members Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Nita Lowey (D-NY) also showed strong leadership in support of restoring NEA funding.

The manager’s amendment was unanimously accepted, which demonstrates the strong bi-partisan support for the NEA among policymakers, and represents a major departure from last summer’s attempt to slash the NEA’s budget nearly in half. The Appropriations Committee has passed the overall bill, so the next step will be floor consideration by the full House of Representatives.

Many thanks to orchestra advocates for speaking up and telling Congress how important NEA funding is to communities nationwide!