On the morning of Monday, May 1, Congress released an “omnibus” agreement to provide federal funding until September 30, 2017. This agreement includes the previous U.S. House-passed level of nearly $150 million for both the NEA and the NEH.
The legislation commends the NEA for its work with active-duty military populations and supports the expansion of its healing arts program to additional clinical care sites. As in the past, Congress urges state arts agencies to explore art therapy programs that support service members and their families.
The U.S. House and U.S. Senate still need to pass the agreement, and the President still needs to sign it, but it looks likely that this agreement will finally close the books on FY 2017. Congress will next fully focus on FY 2018, where the President has proposed termination for both the NEA and NEH.
The House is anticipated to vote on the package on Wednesday, May 3 with the Senate following after. The President will then need to sign it, before funding runs out again on Friday. Congress will then turn fully to FY 2018 funding, with those bills needing to be signed into law by September 30, 2017 to avert a partial government shutdown.
What YOU can do:
- – Thank your members of US Congress for their support.
- – Continue the good work you are doing by staying in touch with them.
- – Be aware of town hall meetings coming up in the next few months and consider attending with a question regarding NEA funding.
- – Continue to use the tools available on the #SavetheNEA toolkit page in all communication and social media.