Arts Funding in Omnibus Spending Bill to be Approved by Senate
March 23, 2018
Today the Senate will vote on the Omnibus Spending Bill. The $1.3 trillion spending bill successfully went through the House Thursday afternoon. Now the Senate must act by midnight Friday, March 23, to pass the bill.
The bill is composed of several line items, including federal arts funding. The budget for the arts and public broadcasting would increase, as outlined in this Washington Post article:
The National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities will see funding climb to $152.8 million each, a $3 million increase over the last fiscal year. Trump proposed eliminating the endowments. The National Gallery of Art gets $165.9 million, a $1.04 million jump in funding. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will receive $40.5 million, which is $4 million more than the last fiscal year.
UPDATE: The Senate passed the legislation on Friday.