U.S. House Votes To Cut $14 Million from NEA
Americans for the Arts recently released the Arts and Economic Prosperity IV economic impact report, which provides overwhelming proof that the nonprofit arts industry generates $135.2 billion in economic activity every year and supports 4.13 million FTE jobs annually.
Earlier this year, President Obama proposed an increase of $8 million over the current NEA appropriation of $146.3 million to $154.3 million for FY 2013 in contrast with the House Subcommittee mark of $132 million. As the House proposal advances, it is our hope that you will not only call on your U.S. Representative to reject the funding cuts, but also help us build support for the president’s higher level request by contacting your U.S. Senator.
This is just the first step in the process. In the coming weeks, it is expected that the larger House Appropriations Committee will consider this legislation followed by the full House of Representatives. Last year, a floor amendment to further weaken the NEA was successfully defeated because of the actions of thousands of grassroots advocates like you. A message from you now registering your concerns with your member of Congress would be well-timed to arrive prior to these next steps in the appropriations process. Thank you for your support of the arts!
We’ve offered these tips before, but we wanted to offer them again to help guide your communication.
- You may or may not reach your legislator by phone. That’s OK. Leave a message. Your call and support are documented.
- As few as three calls or emails to a legislator from his or her district can make a difference in how he or she votes. Your call matters! We cannot emphasize this enough.
- Be sure to leave your name and contact information.
- Send brief emails with one or two examples of how arts funding helps you and your community (quality of life, economic development, etc.)
- If possible, provide specific examples of NEA grant awards, programs, etc.
Remember, when you reach out to your elected officials you are helping them make great decisions about the arts and government. You have the information they need.
Rep. John Sullivan (R-01)
Sullivan’s Contact Form
Rep. Dan Boren (D-02)
Boren’s Contact Form
Rep. Frank Lucas (R-03)
Lucas’s Contact Form
Rep. Tom Cole (R-04)
Cole’s Contact Form
Rep. James Lankford (R-05)
Lankford’s Contact Form
We also encourage you to express your support to your U.S. Senators from Oklahoma.
Senator Jim Inhofe
453 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Inhofe’s Contact Form
Senator Tom Coburn
72 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Coburn’s Contact Form