House Appropriations Committee Approves Budgets for NEA, NEH

The has announced its fiscal year 2018 budget, which includes funding of $145 million for both the and the .

Although the amount represents a $5 million year-over-year cut in the budget for each agency, arts groups concerned that the White House would seek to eliminate all funding for the NEA and NEH were relieved. According to , a national arts advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., a grassroots effort resulted in more than a hundred and seventy thousand messages being sent to members of Congress in support of the agencies and the value of federal funding for the arts more generally.

Because the FY18 budget has not been finalized, arts groups also remain hopeful that the final amount will end up closer to the $155 million requested by a record number of members of Congress in the spring.

"As arts advocates know, Congress considers their own budget priorities — and usually without much regard to the administration's request, and this year is proving no different," said Americans for the Arts president and CEO Robert L. Lynch, "Since the administration announced its misguided proposal to terminate our nation's cultural institutions — including the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting — thousands of arts advocates have mobilized and joined forces together with nonprofit arts and arts education organizations all around the country."

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