Advocacy Alert: June 9

IMLS Funding Advances in the Senate; Show Your Support Today!

Earlier today, the Senate Appropriations Committee advanced bipartisan legislation setting Fiscal Year 2017 funding levels for a number of federal agencies, including the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Despite having less to spend overall than last year, the bill’s authors proposed a minor increase of $1 million for IMLS, including an increase of $574,000—to $31.9 million—for its Office of Museum Services. This strong showing follows record support in Congress for the IMLS Office of Museum Services earlier this year.

Take Action Now: Register your support for IMLS museum funding today.

“In a bill with less available funding overall, even this small increase is an impressive victory for museums,” said Alliance President and CEO Laura L. Lott. “If we’re going to continue successfully swimming against the tide, museum advocates need to make their voices heard about our economic, educational, and community impact.”
The proposal still has a long way to go, and could face threats in the House Appropriations Committee, on the floor of either chamber, or in end of year negotiations. Final decisions about funding allocations government-wide are not expected until after November’s elections.

House Committee Advances NEA & NEH Funding

The House Appropriations Committee is moving legislation as well. One of its subcommittees recently passed a proposal that would provide minor increases for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), historic preservation, and the Smithsonian Institution. For the first time in years, the subcommittee also proposed restoring funding for the Save America’s Treasures program, as requested by Alliance testimony.

Take one minute today to ask your legislators to support NEA and NEH funding.