House to Debate this Week! Tell Your U.S. Rep to Support NEA in FY16
June 24, 2015
NEA Funding Bill Up for House Debate
For the first time since 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to consider the Interior funding bill this Thursday, which includes the budget allocation for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
The bill before the House, H.R. 2822, currently includes level funding for the NEA at $146 million. The House will debate any amendments to the bill on Thursday, but will delay votes until after the July 4 recess. The broader bill is subject to spending caps that make many programs vulnerable to cuts, and a variety of amendments are possible during the debate. The NEA is still recovering from budget cuts in prior years, is well below the 1992 peak funding level, and is an essential investment in our nation’s artistic and creative capacity. Now is a critical opportunity for all advocates to speak up!
Please take a moment to visit our streamlined advocacy center on NEA funding, and personalize an email to your Representative by providing a few key details about the impact of NEA funding on your community’s access to live performances, arts education, and cultural vibrancy. Emphasize that the agency needs the full funding recommended by the House Appropriations Committee this year and remind your Representative how essential the arts are to the health of your district!
ACT TODAY: Urge your Representative to Support and Protect the NEA’s FY16 Budget