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Legislative Watch National Funding Issues

Legislative Watch

National Funding Issues

Earlier this month, the Congressional Arts Caucus asked all members of the U.S. House of Representatives to co-sign two letters of support for increases in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and for the Arts in Education program at the U.S. Department of Education. We ask for your help in contacting your Representative’s office and urging them to co-sign these letters, which will be sent to two subcommittees of the powerful House Appropriations Committee.

The first letter states, “We are requesting $176 million to support the NEA’s core mission and expand popular initiatives like the Challenge America program. The NEA was last funded at this amount in 1992, and has never recovered from a 40 percent budget cut in FY1996. Today, its programs remain seriously underfunded.” Please ask your House members to agree to co-sign the letter as soon as possible. The deadline for signatures is this FRIDAY, March 30, so there is NO TIME to lose. To get started, simply click here to send a customizable letter to your representative.

The second letter supports an increase of funding for arts education at the U.S. Department of Education to $53 million, from the current level of $35.3 million. Over the past six years Congress has approved incremental funding increases which have resulted in approximately 160 awards to school districts in 180 Congressional Districts throughout the country.

If you have any questions, please contact Nikki Sparks, Government Affairs and Grassroots Manager, at 202-371-2830, or nsparks@artsusa.org.

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