The House’s FY14 Interior Appropriations bill which sets the budget for the NEA was released in late July allotting only $75 million for the agency. This amount is 49% less than the President’s recommendation of approximately $154.5 million. The full House Appropriations Committee met to markup the interior bill. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-7th NY) and Rep. David E. Price (D-4th NC) submitted an amendment to restore NEA funding to the President’s requested level, but it was defeated by a 19-27 vote. On August 1, the Senate Committee on Appropriations released its draft interior bill for FY14 restoring the NEA's funding back to the President’s level of $154.5 million. Budget talks, though, were put on hold until after the August recess, leaving about one month until the end of the current fiscal year to make decisions on the FY14 budget.
Funding the National Endowment for the Arts
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FY14 House Interior Appropriations Bill
FY13 House Interior Appropriations Bill
The U.S. House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee voted to cut NEA funding by $14 million for FY13 from the current funding level of $146 million. This decrease of nearly 10% is in addition to the $9 million decrease the NEA suffered last year.
FY12 NEA Funding Finalized
President Obama has signed a consolidated bill to finalize FY12 federal funding. The final budget package includes $145.979 million for the NEA.
After a rollercoaster year, the FY12 NEA budget suffered a decrease of $8.745 million compared to last year's funding allocation. The House of Representatives and the Senate proposed budgets ranging from $135 million to $155 million, ultimately compromising to reach the same amount originally requested by the President, a decrease for the agency to a level of $145.979 million. In anticipation of a decrease this year, the NEA, which is halfway through its FY12 grant cycle, has reduced the total amount of grant disbursement, and further changes for FY13 grants and beyond are expected to be announced shortly.
House Passes Amendment to Cut NEA Funding
The House of Representatives approved an amendment offered by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI-7) to cut FY11 funding to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) by $20.6 million. This amendment was on top of the $22.5 million funding reduction already recommended by the House Appropriations Committee. The House FY11 continuing budget resolution now includes a $43.1 million funding decrease to the NEA, which represents a 25% cut from current funding.
The approved amendment offered by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI-7) to reduce NEA funding was adopted by a vote of 217-209. Two amendments, filed by Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ-5) and Rep. Connie Mack (R-FL-14) to completely eliminate NEA funding, were not ultimately offered on the House floor.
The FY11 budget resolution has moved to the Senate, and we are calling on Senators to restore federal funding for the NEA.