NEA Funding Restored in the House
On July 9, The House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee approved a funding cut for the NEA which would reduce its budget from $146 million to $138 million. Although not the 49% cut appropriators proposed for the agency last year, this decrease–$8 million–was touted in the committee press release.
The full House Appropriations Committee met mid-July and restored the $8 million cut suggested by the Subcommittee. The budget was restored via an amendment by Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY) that was included within Chairman Calvert’s manager’s amendment. No further House action occured.