In recent news, the House Appropriations Committee released the final budget agreement for FY 2011 negotiated by President Obama with House and Senate leaders, which includes $155 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
This represents a cut of $12.5 million from the FY 2010 enacted level of $167.5 million, which is significantly better than the previous House-approved level of $124.4 million.
Also included in this bill is $25.5 million in funding for the Arts in Education programs at the U.S. Department of Education, which had been previously scheduled for complete elimination. This compromise legislation is set to go to the House floor later this week before moving on to the Senate for final approval. Let your legislators know if you approve or disapprove of these cuts, but make your voice heard.