NEA Facing Major Budget Cuts; Some Seek Total Elimination of Agency: Take Action Today

Feb 16, 2011

An Update from the Americans for the Arts Arts Action Fund

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Dear Arts Advocate,

We’ve logged more than 36,000 e-mail messages to Congress, but we still need more. We’ve also just added a targeted Twitter campaign to get the word out to key decision-makers on Capitol Hill.

Here’s the latest: House members have officially filed 400+ floor amendments that they plan to introduce beginning tonight to the FY 2011 Continuing Resolution bill. It’s unprecedented and chaotic. At least two amendments specifically target further cuts to the arts. Congressman Scott Garrett (R-NJ) has filed amendments to immediately zero-out funding for both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Congressman Tim Walberg (R-MI) has filed an amendment to cut the NEA by an additional $20.5 million.

Here’s what we need you to do: Take action in the next 24 hours.

Send a “sweet tweet” from our new Twitter outreach page to all 34 Republicans in the House with the best arts voting records. Their floor vote will shape the fate of the arts. Even if you are not their constituent, you can still tweet them a positive message about how important the arts are to you and why they should vote against any amendments to cut the arts.
Please go back to our E-Advocacy Center to send another e-mail message to your specific Member of Congress. We just posted a new, targeted alert that will be sent directly to your specific House Representative asking them to Vote NO to the Garrett and Walberg amendments.


The Washington Post on the President's proposed budget with a number of cuts to cultural funding.

Tags: Arts Advocacy, NEA, National Endowment for the Arts

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ADVOCACY: NEA / Public Funding for the Arts