House spending bill includes funding for NEA and NEH in fiscal 2018

Posted on: July 21, 2017

“Federal arts and humanities programs targeted for elimination by the Trump administration would get a lifeline from House appropriators willing to ignore the president’s proposal and keep them running,” writes Elvina Nawaguna in Thursday’s (7/20) Congressional Quarterly News (subscription required). “The $31.5 billion fiscal 2018 Interior-Environment spending bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday includes $145 million for the National Endowment for the Arts…. The National Endowment for the Humanities would receive $145 million in fiscal 2018…. [The bill] would cut a combined $10 million from both programs [compared with fiscal 2017].… Lawmakers from both parties promise to continue to resist proposals to eliminate the programs…. Congressional Arts Caucus Chairman Leonard Lance, R-N.J., told CQ that there is ‘a tremendous multiplier effect,’ from the programs that directly helps with job creation and increased tax revenues. ‘I believe that this is in the best interest of the nation,’ Lance said…. Victoria Hutter, a spokeswoman for NEA [said] the agency will continue to accept grant applications for fiscal year 2018 [and] ‘continue to operate as usual.’ ”

Posted July 21, 2017