Urge House to Support the NEA in FY12! - (July 7, 2011)

Urge the House to Protect the NEA!

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee voted to cut National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) funding by $20 million for FY12 from the current funding level of $155 million. Last year the NEA suffered a $12.5 million decrease. Today’s proposal more than doubles the $9 million reduction recommended by President Obama this year. The Subcommittee’s nearly 13% cut is also disproportionate to the 7% cut to the overall spending levels in the entire Interior bill.

The full House Appropriations Committee is expected to vote on the FY12 Interior Appropriations bill as early as next Tuesday. In advance, it is extremely important that members of the Appropriations Committee hear from constituents across the country supporting funding for the NEA.

If your Representative serves on the House Appropriations Committee (see chart below), it is particularly critical that you ACT TODAY and ask your Representative to protect funding for the NEA. You can verify who your Representative is here.

Even if your Representative is not on the committee, please consider sending a letter of support for the NEA. Throughout this summer, and into the fall, Congress will continue the budget process and every vote will count. Be sure your Representative knows the value of NEA funding for your community!



House Appropriations Committee Members


  • Harold Rogers (KY-5), Chairman
  • Robert Aderholt (AL-4)
  • Jo Bonner (AL-1)
  • Jeff Flake (AZ-6)
  • Steve Womack (AR-3)
  • Ken Calvert (CA-44)
  • Jerry Lewis (CA-41)
  • Ander Crenshaw (FL-4)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-21)
  • C.W. Bill Young (FL-10)
  • Tom Graves (GA-9)
  • Jack Kingston (GA-1)
  • Tom Latham (IA-4)
  • Kevin Yoder (KS-3)
  • Rodney Alexander (LA-5)
  • Alan Nunnelee (MS-1)
  • Jo Ann Emerson (MO-8)
  • Denny Rehberg (MT-AL)
  • Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11)
  • Steve Austria (OH-7)
  • Steven LaTourette (OH-14)
  • Tom Cole (OK-4)
  • Charles Dent (PA-15)
  • John Carter (TX-31)
  • John Abney Culberson (TX-7)
  • Kay Granger (TX-12)
  • Frank Wolf (VA-10)
  • Cynthia Lummis (WY-AL)


  • Norman Dicks (WA-6), Ranking Member
  • Ed Pastor (AZ-4)
  • Sam Farr (CA-17)
  • Michael Honda (CA-15)
  • Barbara Lee (CA-9)
  • Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34)
  • Adam Schiff (CA-29)
  • Rosa DeLauro (CT-3)
  • Sanford Bishop, Jr. (GA-2)
  • Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. (IL-2)
  • Peter Visclosky (IN-1)
  • John Olver (MA-1)
  • Betty McCollum (MN-4)
  • Steven R. Rothman (NJ-9)
  • Nita Lowey (NY-18)
  • Jose Sérrano (NY-16)
  • David Price (NC-4)
  • Marcy Kaptur (OH-9)
  • Chaka Fattah (PA-2)
  • James Moran (VA-8)

Please direct any related questions to Heather Noonan, Vice President for Advocacy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Najean Lee, Senior Manager, Government Affairs & Education Advocacy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The League is a member of the Performing Arts Alliance, a coalition of national performing arts service organizations dedicated to advocating for national policies that recognize, enhance, and foster the contributions the performing arts make to America