House Subcommittee Draft Bill Provides Funding for NEA/NEH

Today (July 11) a key U.S. House subcommittee posted a draft bill that would provide funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities for FY 2018 at levels nearly equal to FY 2017.
The subcommittee is set to consider the draft bill tomorrow afternoon (July 12).

Needless to say, it would appear that the subcommittee has ignored the administration's request to dismantle the agencies. The action by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Environment came as welcome news to advocates for the cultural agencies and hugely increases the chances that NEA and NEH will continue to operate normally for the foreseeable future.

The slight decrease - from $149.8 million for each agency to $145 million - is apparently due to the fact that the subcommittee, which also oversees funding for the Department of Interior, EPA, and a host of smaller agencies, had less money to work with than in FY 2017, leading to decreases of various degrees for nearly all of them. Funding recommendations for all the agencies that subcommittee oversees are lumped together into a single bill.
AAMD and other national arts groups have been requesting funding of $155 million.

Once the subcommittee approves the bill, it will also issue a report explaining to a greater or lesser degree the rationale for its actions.

Next steps:

The full House Appropriations Committee will probably consider the bill within a few days, after which the bill could move to the House floor at any time.

Also: The House Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee is set to consider its bill, which includes funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, on July 13.

The Draft Bill can be found HERE