Proposed NEA Cut Voted Down by House

Fri, 07/29/2011 (All day)

Americans for the Arts logoAmericans for the Arts reports that the U.S. House has voted down an amendment containing a $10.6 million cut to the National Endowment for the Arts.  Please take a moment to thank your Southern California representatives for voting against the amendment by clicking here.

From AFTA's Arts Action Fund:

Good News! Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives successfully voted down an amendment proposed by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) that would have cut an additional $10.6 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts from the FY 2012 Interior Appropriations bill. Thanks to the efforts of arts advocates like you across the country, more than 35,000 messages were sent in the last month to Capitol Hill in support of NEA funding. It made a difference! The amendment was defeated soundly by a vote of 240 to 181. You can see how your representative voted on the amendment here.

Through our E-Advocacy Center, you can easily write your representative about this vote. We've made it easy by automatically matching up a letter of thanks for you to send to those House members who voted against the Walberg Amendment. For those House members who voted for the Walberg Amendment, you can send a letter expressing your disappointment.

As Congress continues to debate a debt ceiling resolution, final consideration of the full Interior Appropriations bill has been delayed. The House of Representatives hopes to finish this legislation before they break for the proposed August recess. It is unclear when the Senate will begin work on their version of this appropriations bill and negotiate a final compromise with the House – but it would most likely take place later in the fall.

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