On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the final budget agreement for FY 2012, which includes $146.255 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

On Saturday morning, the same bill passed the U.S. Senate and moves to the desk of President Obama for his signature.

The $146,255 million appropriation is identical to President Obama’s proposed budget, a cut of nearly $9 million from FY 2011, and is a compromise between the House of Representatives number of $135 million and the Senate number of $155 million as previously considered by their respective subcommittees.

Also included in this bill is $24.596 million in funding for the Arts in Education programs at the U.S. Department of Education, which had been zeroed-out in a previous proposal in the House.

This concludes the prolonged Congressional negotiations for the FY 2012 budget and prevents a government shutdown.

After the New Year, Congress will begin considering the FY 2013 budget. Join us in Washington, DC for National Arts Advocacy Day 2012 on April 16–17, 2012 to let your members of Congress know the arts are important to you and your communities!

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5 Responses to “Congress Passes $9M Cut for NEA, Reinstates Federal Arts Education Funding”

  1. Joe says:

    Thank goodness the arts ed program wasn’t consolidated with the other USDOE programs as planned by the Obama administration!

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