The FY16 appropriations process for the National Endowment for the Arts starts tomorrow! The House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over the NEA's budget, begins consideration of the FY16 Interior Appropriations bill on Wednesday, June 10 at 10:15am.
Tomorrow's activity is critical to the appropriations process as the subcommittee will set a dollar amount for the agency which begins the discussion of its budget for the next fiscal year. Currently, the NEA is funded at $146 million-the same amount it's received for the past four years-and the President requested a $2 million increase for the NEA in FY16. Join PAA and arts advocates in asking Congress to increase appropriations to $155 million.
Last year, Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Ken Calvert (CA-42) maintained level funding for the Agency, demonstrating his support for the arts in a difficult economic climate. The federal government is still operating under sequestration, which requires reductions in federal spending each year and limits Congress' ability to fund increases for agencies.
We're contacting you because your Representative serves on the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee. It's important that your representative hear from you today! Click the link below to send a letter to your legislator asking him or her to support $155M for the NEA in FY16. A space is provided for you to include a personal message about the value of the NEA in supporting the performing arts in your community.