Advocacy Alert: June 11

House Subcommittee Advances NEA, NEH Funding; Show Your Support Today!
Bill Also Funds New Civil Rights Grants, Historic Preservation, Smithsonian Institution

Yesterday, a key subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives considered its annual legislation providing funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The bill proposes level funding of $146 million each for NEA and NEH, a significant improvement compared to the drastic cuts offered by this subcommittee in recent years.  

Please take 1 minute to register your support for NEA and NEH funding today.
 
In addition to setting NEA and NEH funding levels, the legislation also proposes level funding for the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Art, the Holocaust Memorial Museum and a $4.5 million increase to the Historic Preservation Fund, which would be used for competitive grants to preserve the sites and stories of the civil rights movement.
 
“The subcommittee’s bill—including sustained funding for NEA and NEH, as well as new grants to preserve civil rights sites—is a welcome improvement over previous years, especially in this budget environment, said Alliance President and CEO Laura Lott. “But the bill still has a long road ahead and members of Congress need to hear from constituents about the essential nature of these federal investments. I hope everyone will take action on behalf of these vital agencies today.”
 
The new civil rights grants were proposed in the president’s FY 2016 budget, and supported by the Alliance in our March testimony to the subcommittee. See a video of the markup or read the full text of the legislation on the committee’s website.
 
P.S. Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation, the Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunity Clarification Act, that would remove a legal obstacle currently limiting loans of international cultural property to U.S. museums. The Alliance joined the Association of Art Museum Directors in endorsing the legislation earlier this year, and applauds Representative Steve Chabot (R-OH) for his continued leadership on the issue.