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Update on FY 2019: On February 15, 2019, President Trump signed legislation approving funding for the National Endowment for the Arts providing FY 2019 funding at $155 million - meeting the request by Americans for the Arts and over 85 national advocacy partners. This is the funding level set by the House and Senate in fall of 2018, but delayed due to a partial government shutdown and border security negotiations. 

A New Congress Begins: In early January the 116th Congress began with a new legislative agenda and dynamic due to the change in leadership in the U.S. House. Appropriators have begun the cycle for the FY 2020 appropriations process.

Currently the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, which oversees the funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and many other federal cultural agencies, is holding a public witness hearing on February 26th. The Subcommittee is now led by Representatives Betty McCollum (D-MN) and David Joyce (R-OH). 

The U.S. Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee is led by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Tom Udall (D-NM).

With the National Arts Action Summit taking place in early March, arts advocates have begun to submit their requests to members of Congress seeking a funding level of $167.5 million for the NEA.
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