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NEA Funding Restored in the House

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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.