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House Amendment to bill to take away $50 million from National Endowment for the Arts, fails ! (article from NASAA ) :)


From: Christine Besack (mrsbeeswax_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Jul 22 2003 - 06:02:12 PDT

Hi All,
Here is some good news for the Arts.
Representative Tancredo's amendment that would have taken away 50 million dollars from the NEA was defeated !!! ( by an even larger margin than 2 years ago !)
See article below from the NASAA website ( National Assembly of State Arts Agencies )

Hope this helps,
Christine Besack :)


On July 17, the House voted 225-200 to approve an amendment to the Interior Appropriations Bill adding $10 million to the $117 million budgeted in the legislation for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The additional arts funding was proposed in a bipartisan amendment offered by Reps. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Christopher Shays (R-CT), Norm Dicks (D-WA) and Jim Leach (R-IA).

The arts spending amendment, which also adds $5 million to the budget for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), is identical to an amendment passed by the House last year and then dropped by congressional leaders in pushing through the FY03 omnibus spending resolution. This year, the vote to add arts money passed by a narrower margin than it did last year (234-192) because of the historic federal budget deficit and the loss of several NEA supporters in the House, who were replaced by a relatively large class of freshmen legislators.

In another repeat of last year, Rep. Thomas Tancredo (R-CO) proposed a counter amendment that would have taken $50 million from the NEA budget and shifted it to the U.S. Forest Service Wildland Fire Management program. Tancredo's amendment was defeated 313-112, representing a wider margin of victory for arts advocates than his same amendment last year, which lost by a vote of 300-123.

House members, listed here in addition to the amendment's four sponsors, lined up to speak in support of the arts funding increase, citing the importance of arts spending to economic development, the academic benefits of arts education, NEA grant support to organizations in their own congressional districts and the appeal of the Challenge America program: Reps. Cass Ballenger (R-NC), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Susan Davis (D-CA), Karen McCarthy (D-MO), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Robert Andrews (D-NJ), Danny Davis (D-IL), Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), Rush Holt (D-NJ), Lois Capps (D-CA), Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), Nita Lowey (D-NY), Michael Castle (R-DE), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). The only voice in opposition to the amendment came from Rep. Charles Taylor (R-NC) who, as chair of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, is almost obliged to speak against an amendment to a measure reported by his subcommittee.

NASAA will provide the record vote lists for the Slaughter-Shays-Dicks-Leach amendment and the Tancredo amendment when they become available.

Thank you all for your advocacy efforts with your legislators in Congress, and your success in convincing them of the importance of federal support for the arts in your state.