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Save the NEA
On November 20, 2017, the U.S. Senate fully restored the funding level for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) at $150 million each for FY 2018. In July, the U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of the appropriations bill that only included $145 million for the NEA and NEH.

Now is a critical moment in the process. The U.S. House and U.S. Senate have recommended different funding levels. Congress extended its deadline to December 8th to pass legislation to fund government agencies and programs, including the NEA. At that time, they will need to either pass or further extend that deadline again in order to keep the government running. Current funding ($150 million) is in place until that deadline.

Ask your congressional delegation for support of the higher U.S. Senate number as these final negotiations become more urgent. 

Now more than ever is the time to tell our story and make our case again and again at the federal, state, and local levels that the arts matter. Take two minutes now to #SAVEtheNEA by joining Americans for the Arts and Arts Action Fund members in sending a unified message to Congress to restore full funding to the NEA and NEH.

Check out the new video from our Artists Committee members Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kal Penn, Ben Folds, Josh Groban, and Julie Andrews and then take two minutes to send your message below.

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