Americans for the Arts is hard at work and hoping to engage arts advocates across the nation. Since sending out an action alert last night about the funding cuts being proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) the situation has worsened. Overnight, the House Appropriations Committee made even deeper cuts to the NEA and dozens of other programs and agencies. The proposed cut to the NEA is now set at $22.5 million (yesterday it was $12 million) which would represent the largest cut to that agency in 16 years.
A key paragraph in today’s Washington Post story covering these budget cuts explains what is happening: The Republican Study Committee, “Its ranks swollen with enthusiastic freshman who have never taken calls from constituents angry about loss of a favored program…threatened to oppose the package on the House floor next week unless deeper cuts were adopted.” It is quite possible these members of the Republican Study Committee will offer amendments to fully eliminate the NEA during floor consideration. We need you to send a message to your Members calling on them to reject these cuts to the NEA because they will negatively affect the district back home.
By taking two minutes today to send a customizable message via our E-Advocacy Center, Americans for the Arts will automatically send letters on your behalf to both your Senators and your House Representative. This will ensure that your voice will be heard by Members of Congress (especially freshmen members), who are now assessing their constituents’ viewpoints on these budget cuts.
Thanks for being an active arts advocate!