Last week the House Appropriations Committee proposed a budget of $145 million for each of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), a reduction of $5 million each from current levels. A separate part of the draft budget also preserved funding for our nation’s libraries and museums.
We are encouraged by these developments, namely by the fact that cultural funding is a part of the budget at all, as the President’s proposed FY2018 budget called for eliminating arts and library funding entirely. The proposal pays only minimal lip service to Trump’s request to eliminate NEA and NEH funding, but there is still much work to be done. The budget is up for negotiation, and we hope to not only preserve the proposed funding but also get the NEA and NEH the additional $5 million to match their current level of funding.
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