Amendment to Further Cut NEA Fails!

Posted by Gladstone Payton, Jul 28, 2011 1 comment

The Walberg amendment to H.R. 2584, the House Interior Appropriations bill that would have cut an additional $10.6 million from the National Endowment for the Arts failed 240-181 earlier today. All 185 Democrats present voted against the amendment and 55 Republicans joined them.

As stated this morning, this success is due in large part to Interior Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson (ID) and Reps. Jim Moran (VA), Louise Slaughter (NY), David Cicilline (RI), Lynn Woolsey (CA), John Yarmuth (KY), Rush Holt (NJ), Bobby Scott (VA), and Betty McCollum (MN) who all gave effective and passionate speeches of support in opposing this amendment on Wednesday night.

The next step is for the entire House Interior bill to be completed and voted on with the committee-set appropriation of $135 million for the NEA in the legislation. It is unclear when that will occur.

In addition, the National Endowment for the Humanities is facing a cut amendment of its own when H.R. 2584 is reopened after the debt ceiling legislation is considered.

Stay tuned to ARTSblog for more as these stories develop.

1 responses for Amendment to Further Cut NEA Fails!


David Hurwitz says
July 29, 2011 at 9:05 pm

I'm glad to hear that at least some Representatives had the decency and the common sense to vote against the proposed cuts to the NEA. For anyone to make an issue out of $10.6 million being spent on the arts is so completely ridiculous. When money is wasted killing people in wars ($12billion in cash handed out in bribes in Iraq under Bush), that's considered wholesome and good, but if a small fraction of that is spent on arts and cultural programs that uplift and educate, that's bad and must be done away with? For contrast to these attempted NEA cuts, it was recently reported in Bloomburg News that the US Gov't had wasted over $20 Billion on air conditioning in the wars. That's $20 Billion with a 'B'!!! Yes, for air conditioning. Why aren't the politicians who want to cut art funding freaking out about that? Here's the article:

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