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Breaking News: U.S. Senate Arts Funding Bill Released!
November 20, 2017 by Americans for the Arts
As Thanksgiving approaches, we want to take a moment to thank you. We appreciate your record-levels of critical advocacy impacting your communities and the policy coming out of Washington, DC. Today, there is more news to share.
 
Today, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee finally released their long-awaited bill to fund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The committee proposes to maintain current funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) of $150 million for FY 2018! A large thanks goes to Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Ranking Member Tom Udall (D-NM) for their support throughout the year! 
 
Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Tom Udall (D-NM) at Arts Advocacy Day 2017
 
We have been waiting for this action since the Administration’s budget proposal was initially released back in March. Now, after eight months of your key advocacy work, today is a defining day.
  • Both the full U.S. House and the Senate Appropriations Committee have solidly rejected the Administration’s call for termination of our nation’s cultural agencies.
  • More than 187,000 messages have been sent to elected representatives in support of the NEA, reaching every congressional office (U.S. House and U.S. Senate). Thank you for being part of this #SAVEtheNEA campaign.
What Happens Next
Since the U.S. House and U.S. Senate recommended different appropriations numbers, Congress has until December 8th to agree on funding levels for the federal government, including the NEA.  Right now, current funding ($150 million) is in place until that deadline. The NEA also continues to accept grant applications for FY 2018 at their usual deadlines and will operate as usual until a new budget is enacted by Congress.
 
What Can You Do?
Keep it up! Congress continues to get closer and closer to finalizing this work. Now that the Senate has acted, it is a great time to weigh in again. We have a customizable message that can help you easily ask your congressional delegation for support of the higher Senate number as these final negotiations become more urgent.
 
You also might be interested in sharing a fun video by Americans for the Arts’ Artist Committee  Members Julie AndrewsBen FoldsJosh GrobanLin-Manuel Miranda, and Kal Penn.  Please check it out and share on social media as you see fit. 
This is the Facebook link. 
This is the Twitter link.   
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