Act Now to Support NEA Increase! (October 1, 2009)

Support an Increase for the NEA!
Washington, D.C. - You are receiving this targeted email because your orchestra is located in the state of a member of Congress who is influential in determining the funding allocation for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Please share this message with others stakeholders in your orchestra.

Congress is nearing its final decision on FY10 funding for the National Endowment for the Arts! The House has recommended a $15 million increase for the NEA, while the Senate endorses $6.3 million over current funding. As the House and Senate meet to determine the final amount allocated to the NEA, please communicate to your members of Congress about the importance and value of NEA funding, and request approval of the House-supported funding level of $170 million for the NEA in FY10.

Below is the list of members of Congress who will be key to setting the final funding amount for the NEA. Only the specific members listed below from the House and Senate will be contacted through this targeted advocacy effort. If your orchestra or the audiences you serve correspond to the district or state of any of these members, please take a moment to urge support for an increase in NEA funding. The following link provides a sample email for you to customize and simple instructions for how to communicate with your elected officials. (A tip: If you know your member of Congress personally, consider faxing a personal letter or making a phone call, in place of an email communication.)

Thank you!

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Key Members of Congress
The House and Senate Interior Appropriations Committees have jurisdiction over funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. The following members of Congress, listed alphabetically by state, serve on those committees and will be influential as the House and Senate negotiate over the final NEA funding level.

Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee

  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chair
  • Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI), Ex Officio
  • Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)
  • Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)
  • Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS)
  • Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT)
  • Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH)
  • Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE)
  • Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND)
  • Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI)
  • Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD)
  • Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
  • Sen. Robert Bennett (R-UT)
  • Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
  • Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV)
  • Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI)

House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee

  • Rep. Ed Pastor (D-AZ)
  • Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA)
  • Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA), Ex Officio
  • Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID)
  • Rep. Ben Chandler (D-KY)
  • Rep. John Olver (D-MA)
  • Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY)
  • Rep. David Price (D-NC)
  • Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-OH)
  • Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK)
  • Rep. James Moran (D-VA)
  • Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA), Chair
  • Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV)
  • Rep. David Obey (D-WI), Ex Officio

Remember, this advocacy opportunity is specifically directed to constituents of these members of Congress. Orchestras can contact Congress on a full range of key issues at any time through the League's website.

Contact Key Members of Congress About NEA Funding Today!


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