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House Passes Amendment to Cut NEA Funding

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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.