As we previously reported, on March 16, 2017, the White House released a budget blueprint for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY2018). This proposal calls for reductions to a range of government programs, including the elimination of federal support for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Ultimately, the legislative branch determines the allocation of federal funds and these discussions and negotiations are in process and will likely continue through the Summer.

In the meantime, Congress has been working on an agreement to continue funding of the federal government through September 30, 2017, the end of its current Fiscal Year (FY2017). On Monday, May 1, congressional leaders announced that an agreement had been reached, thus averting a government shutdown. On May 5, 2017, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, was signed into law.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, funds the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) at $149.8 million, an increase over the agency’s current funding level of $148 million. The House and Senate are expected to vote on the legislation this week, before the current continuing resolution expires.

When work concludes on the funding bill for Fiscal Year 2017, Congress is expected to begin working on an aggressive schedule on appropriations legislation for FY2018. We will continue to monitor and report on these developments.

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