Legislative News - 2011
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12-16-2011: The U.S. House passed the final FY 2012 budget agreement, which includes $146.255 million in funding for the NEA. This number is identical to President Obama's proposed budget, a cut of nearly $9 from FY 2011, and is a compromise between the House-proposed number of $135 million and the Senate-proposed number of $155 million as previously considered by their respective subcommittees.
11-09-2011: The Senate Environment & Public Works Committee approved a transportation infrastructure reauthorization bill that would severely limit the support for public art and transportation museums currently authorized in the Transportation Enhancement program since 1992.
The Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, led by Chairman Jack Reid (D-RI) and Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), proposes level-funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities at $155 million for FY 2012.
The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee began marking up a draft education reauthorization bill co-authored by HELP Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Ranking Member Mike Enzi (R-WY).
10-18-2011: The U.S. Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT), held a hearing on tax reform and charitable giving. In their testimony, witnesses provided support for charitable deductions to the nonprofit sector and also specifically mentioned the importance of supporting the arts.
10-03-2011: President Obama issues a White House Proclamation declaring October National Arts and Humanities Month.
09-23-2011: The Senate Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee recommends approximately level-funding for the Arts in Education program at the U.S. Department of Education for FY 2012.
09-12-2011: President Obama released the American Jobs Act, which attempts to address sagging job growth with a combination of tax and spending policies aimed at encouraging private sector hiring.
07-28-2011: An amendment to the U.S. House FY 2012 Interior Appropriations bill proposed by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) that sought to cut an additional $10.6 million from the National Endowment for the Arts failed by a vote of 240-181.
07-12-2011: The full U.S. House Appropriations Committee passed FY 2012 budget legislation that included a $20 million cut in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts from the agency's FY 2011 level of $155 million.