House Rejects Proposal to Eliminate NEA and NEH

On July 18, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies spending bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. Among a large swath of agencies and programs, the bill has jurisdiction over funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). NEA and NEH are currently funded at $150 million each via the FY 2017 spending bill. The House bill would appropriate funding at $145 million for each of the endowments in FY 2018—the fiscal year that starts October 1, 2017.

Although the NEA and NEH would receive a cut in the House proposal, it is worth noting that Members of Congress rejected President Trump’s proposal to eliminate funds for the agencies. In its report to accompany the bill, the committee noted broad bipartisan support for both NEA and NEHspecifically for the work they do with the military and veterans, as well as for their collaborative work with state agencies and initiatives.

The Senate Appropriations Committee must still move on its Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies spending measure, which will likely take place sometime this fall.


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