July 23, 2018 Advocacy Report

Advocacy Update

Thanks to advocates across the country and continued strong bipartisan support in Congress, the House of Representatives soundly defeated the amendment offered by Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI-6) to decrease funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), by a vote of 114 to 297! Please find a voting record here, to learn how your Representative voted. Please visit the House website, and fill out your Member’s webform, to either thank your Representative for a NO vote, or to express dismay if your Representative voted YES on the Grothman amendment to decrease NEA funding.
During the floor debate on the amendment, Chairman Ken Calvert (R-CA) and Congressional Arts Caucus co-Chairs Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) all spoke out in support of the arts and the Endowments.
Since the defeat of this amendment, the House has passed the Interior Bill which includes a $2 million increase for the NEA, which would bring its budget for FY19 to $155 million.

However, we’re not in the clear, yet and we still need your help.
This week, the U.S. Senate is expected to take up the Interior funding bill for consideration. Please contact your Senators right now to urge their support of an FY19 NEA appropriation of $155 million!