Advocacy Alert: July 13, 2011

Federal Funding Update: NEA and NEH Funding Cuts Approved by House Appropriations Committee; Other Programs Also Face Reductions

The House Appropriations Committee considered on Tuesday the FY12 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies appropriations bill, which provides funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), among other programs. As expected, the Committee approved the bill (by a vote of 28-18) that would fund both the NEA and NEH at $135 million, representing a nearly $20 million cut from current funding and $11 million less than the President's FY12 request for each agency.

This bill also supports many other programs and institutions—including the Historic Preservation Fund, the National Park Service, State Historic Preservation Offices, Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Art, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act grants and several other conservation and heritage programs. The House Appropriations Committee released a detailed, searchable report with funding levels and instructions for each of these programs prior to the Committee's consideration of the bill. The Save America's Treasures and Preserve America programs continue to be de-funded. AAM will be monitoring and reporting on this bill when it is considered by the full House.

As previously reported by AAM, last week the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior passed a similar version of this bill, including these steep FY12 cuts for both NEA and NEH, by an 8-5 vote. It remains to be seen when this bill will come up for consideration by the full House of Representatives.