On the Federal Level

The Americans for the Arts’ Arts Action Fund prioritizes those key issues impacting the arts on a federal level. It also maintains voting records and e-advocacy avenues.

August 1, 2018: U.S. Senate Matched the House-Set Funding Level for the NEA & NEH

On August 1, the U.S. Senate matched the House-set funding level of $155 million each for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Congress responded to your advocacy calls, emails, and visits to save these vital cultural agencies by increasing their annual budgets by $2 million each, despite President Trump’s attempt to terminate them.  The NEA and NEH administer thousands of arts and humanities grants to nonprofit cultural organizations, universities, and governmental agencies in all 50 states and 435 congressional districts across the nation.

Congress will next work out in conference a series of unified appropriations bills this fall for the President’s signature, which may still run into road blocks with threats of a government shutdown if funds are not made available for building the controversial wall. Also, on the minds of all legislators and the White House is the all-important mid-term Congressional elections on November 6, 2018.  Current control of both the House and the Senate could flip party control from GOP to Democratic, which historically happens when a new President takes office.

Thank you for your support of the arts and for being an arts advocate. Now more than ever is the time to tell our story and make our case again and again at the federal, state and local level that the arts matter! Visit our Action Center to contact your representatives.