Congressional budget proposal would raise NEA budget by $2 million

Posted on: May 2, 2017

“The spending bill that Congress is expected to vote on this week includes $150 million for the National Endowment for the Arts and an identical sum for the Humanities endowment,” writes David Lauter in Monday’s (5/1) Los Angeles Times. “In both cases, that’s a $2-million increase over last fiscal year. There’s also no cut in money for the Corp. for Public Broadcasting. President Trump, in his budget, had proposed eliminating all federal money for the NEA and the NEH [in fiscal year 2018], generating an intense lobbying campaign by arts supporters. Budget Director Mick Mulvaney had advocated the cuts, saying that it was unfair to take money from working families to support programs such as the endowments and public television. But it was clear from the outset that Trump’s plan would face trouble in Congress. Most NEA funds go to support community arts groups in all 50 states, with rural, Republican-leaning states topping the lists of spending per person. As a result, arts programs have a strong constituency in Congress, especially on the appropriations committees that dole out spending.”

Posted May 2, 2017