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7/22/13: Huge Cut to the NEA Proposed!
Will you allow the NEA Budget to be cut in half? Take immediate action to protect the NEA. Yesterday the House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over the NEA’s budget, voted to cut the NEA’s FY14 funding to $75 million – down from the current enacted funding level of $146 million. This is disproportionate compared to cuts proposed for other agencies and this appropriation is less than half of the Administration’s FY14 budget request to Congress. The full House Appropriations Committee is expected to approve this $75 million budget, and could consider the bill as early as next week. There is still time for the Committee to make changes to the Bill if Members of Congress hear from you - their constituents.
ACTION: TCG and the Performing Arts Alliance (PAA) urge you to take action and ask Congress to fund the NEA at $155 million in 2014! Sending a message to your Member will take two minutes - make sure your voice is heard. Learn more about this disproportionate cut, what may happen as a response in the Senate, and which Members of Congress have the biggest impact on this issue on the PAA website.

6/24/13: Artist Visa Processing Issue Addressed in Senate Immigration Bill
Improvements to the U.S. visa process for international guest artists are now included in the comprehensive immigration reform package under consideration in the U.S. Senate.  Called The Arts Require Timely Service (ARTS) provision, these improvements will require U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) to ensure timely processing for visa petitions filled by or on behalf of nonprofit arts-related organizations. The ARTS provision would improve the reliability of the visa process by reducing total maximum processing times for O and P nonprofit arts-related visa petitions to under 30 days. Currently, the law requires these petitions to be processed within 14 days of filing, but more often than not, the process takes longer than this. Under the ARTS provision, USCIS would be required to treat as a Premium Processing case any arts-related O and P visa petition that it fails to process within the required 14-day period. This Premium Processing would waive the $1,250 fee usually assessed for this service—a fee which is unaffordable for most arts organizations. Our nonprofit arts organizations and artists boost international diplomacy by presenting foreign guest artists in performances and education events in our communities. 
ACTION: The Senate plans to complete action on its immigration bill by the end of this week, while House consideration begins to move forward.  Tell your legislators about the importance of global cultural exchange.  

4/9/13: Protect the Charitable Deduction
Arts Advocacy Day Action Alert

Like thousands of other nonprofits, many performing arts organizations are classified as 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. If it were not for this exemption and the deductibility of private contributions, nonprofit performing arts organizations and many other charities would be unable to serve community needs. 
ACTION: Urge Congress to preserve the charitable deduction that is responsible for the sustainability of the nonprofit sector. Click here to contact your legislators today!

4/9/13: Cosponsor the Artist Fair-Market Deduction Act
Arts Advocacy Day Action Alert
Artists, scholars, and the public rely on original manuscripts and supporting material to reveal the artistic underpinnings of existing compositions and inspire the creative works of emerging artists.  Encouraging gifts of artistic works to nonprofit cultural organizations helps to preserve our artistic and cultural heritage. 
ACTION: Raise your voice to support the Artist-Museum Partnership Act. Click here to generate your letter and contact your legislators today.

4/9/13: Extend the IRA Charitable Rollover
Arts Advocacy Day Action Alert
The IRA Charitable Rollover provision was reinstated for 2012 and 2013 as part of the fiscal cliff package passed by Congress at the beginning of this year. This important giving incentive has allowed for millions of dollars of new contributions to support the work of nonprofit organizations, and it is critical to maintain charitable giving options for individuals in order to provide a consistent source of revenue for programs and services to people and communities.    
ACTION: Your voice makes a difference! Click here to generate you letter and contact your legislators today. 

4/9/13: Improve Visa Process for Foreign Guest Artists
Arts Advocacy Day Action Alert
American nonprofit performing arts organizations provide and important public service by presenting foreign guest artists in performances, educational events, and cultural programs in communities across the country. Delays and inconsistencies by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have made it difficult in the past for international artists to obtain the visas required for entry into the United States. Nonprofit arts organizations confront uncertainty in gaining approval for visa petitions due to lengthy processing times, inconsistent interpretation of statute and implementation of policies, expense, and unwarranted requests for further evidence. 
ACTION: Global cultural exchange is important now more than ever! Tell your legislators about the importance of global cultural exchange. 

4/9/13: Increase Funding for International Cultural Exchange
Arts Advocacy Day Action Alert
The State Department’s Cultural Programs Division is the principal office focused on cultural diplomacy. Ask your Representative and Senators to direct the State Department to appropriate a minimum of $15 million in FY14 for cultural exchange programs at the U.S. Department of State. 
ACTION: Make a difference! Send your legislators a personalized message.

4/9/13: Strengthen Arts Education in Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
Arts Advocacy Day Action Alert
Despite overwhelming public support for arts education, access to arts education in our schools is eroding. School systems are focusing largely on reading and math at the expense of arts education and other core subjects of learning. 
ACTION: Ask your Representative and Senators to support strengthening arts education in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Make your voice heard now!

4/9/13: Support FY14 Arts in Education Funding
Arts Advocacy Day Action Alert
The U.S. Department of Education’s Arts in Education program provides federal support to performing arts organizations for the development, evaluation, and dissemination of model programs that integrate arts instruction into other subject areas. Ask your Representative and Senators to appropriate $30 million for the Arts in Education program in the FY14 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill. Any reduction below $30 million would result in under-funding multiyear projects that are midstream. 
ACTION: Take action today! Write to your legislators about the importance of Arts in Education Funding.

4/9/13: Support FY14 Funding for the NEA
Arts Advocacy Day Action Alert
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is a critical source of federal support for performing arts organizations around the country. Through direct grants and support to state arts agencies, the NEA awards more than 2,000 grants each year to nonprofit performing arts organizations for projects that widen citizen access to the arts, making the cultural, educational, and economic benefits of the arts available to more communities. With the FY14 budget process underway, please take a moment to write to your Senators and Representatives and ask them to support funding for the NEA at $155 million.
ACTION: Make your voice heard!  Ask your legislators to support funding the NEA at $155 million.

12/4/12: Take Action! Protect the Charitable Deduction!
Like thousands of other nonprofits, many performing arts organizations are classified as 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. If it were not for this exemption and the deductibility of private contributions, nonprofit performing arts organizations and many other charities would be unable to serve community needs.
ACTION: Urge Congress to preserve the charitable deduction that is responsible for the sustainability of the nonprofit sector. Click here to contact your legislators today!

6/20/12: Take Action - Maintain Funding for the NEA
On June 20, the U.S. House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee voted to cut National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) funding by $14 million for FY13 from the current funding level of $146 million. This decrease of nearly 10% comes after a $21.5 million decrease in funds over the past two fiscal years, even as President Obama proposed an $8 million funding increase for this fiscal year.
ACTION: The full House Appropriations Committee is expected to vote on the FY13 Interior Appropriations bill in the coming weeks. In advance, it is extremely important that members of the Appropriations Committee hear from constituents across the country supporting funding for the NEA. Click here to send a personalized letter and invite your friends to do the same.

4/17/12: Take Action! Support Arts Advocacy Day - April 17
Arts Advocacy Day Action Alert
Today, April 17, is Arts Advocacy Day and arts advocates from around the country will visit lawmakers on Capitol Hill to ask Congress to support the arts. TCG and the Performing Arts Alliance are national co-sponsors of Arts Advocacy Day and participate in the legislative planning committee that creates the messages used by all arts advocates. However, we need your input as well! Every member of Congress, in every state, needs to hear from the performing arts organizations in their communities. Please help make this a national day of action in support of the arts by adding your voice to the chorus and contacting your members of Congress through our e-advocacy tool.
ACTION: Your voice makes a difference! Click here to generate your letter and contact your legislators today.

4/17/12: Support and Protect FY13 Funding for the National Endowment for the Arts
Arts Advocacy Day Action Alert
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is a critical source of federal support for performing arts organizations around the country. Through direct grants and support to state arts agencies, the NEA awards more than 2,000 grants each year to nonprofit performing arts organizations for projects that widen citizen access to the arts, making the cultural, educational, and economic benefits of the arts available to more communities.

Over the last two fiscal years, the NEA has suffered a $21.5 million decrease resulting in a current budget of $146 million. Now that the FY13 budget process is underway, it is critical that elected officials understand the public value of the investment of direct federal support for the arts. Please take a moment to write to your Senators and Representative and ask them to support funding for the NEA at $155 million.
ACTION: Your voice makes a difference! Click here to generate your letter and contact your legislators today.

4/17/12: Support FY13 Funding for the Arts in Education Program
Arts Advocacy Day Action Alert
The U.S. Department of Education’s Arts in Education program provides federal support to performing arts organizations for the development, evaluation, and dissemination of model programs that integrate arts instruction into other subject areas. Ask your Representative and Senators to appropriate $30 million for the Arts in Education program in the FY13 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill. Any reduction below $30 million would result in under-funding multiyear projects that are midstream.
ACTION: Your voice makes a difference! Click here to generate your letter and contact your legislators today.

4/17/12: Strengthen Arts Education in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
Arts Advocacy Day Action Alert
Despite overwhelming public support for arts education, access to arts education in our schools is eroding. School systems are focusing largely on reading and math at the expense of arts education and other core subjects of learning. Ask your Representative and Senators to support strengthening arts education in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
ACTION: Your voice makes a difference! Click here to generate your letter and contact your legislators today.

4/17/12: Take Action! Reinstate the IRA Charitable Rollover
Arts Advocacy Day Action Alert
The IRA Charitable Rollover provision expired on December 31, 2011, despite advocacy efforts from the nonprofit community and Performing Arts Alliance members urging Congress to extend this important charitable giving incentive. The IRA Charitable Rollover has allowed for millions of dollars of new contributions to support the work of nonprofit organizations, and it is critical to maintain charitable giving options for individuals in order to provide a consistent source of revenue for programs and services to people and communities.
ACTION: Your voice makes a difference! Click here to generate your letter and contact your legislators today.

4/17/12: Cosponsor the Artist Fair-Market Deduction Act
Arts Advocacy Day Action Alert
Artists, scholars, and the public rely on original manuscripts and supporting material to reveal the artistic underpinnings of existing compositions and inspire the creative works of emerging artists. Encouraging gifts of artistic works to nonprofit cultural organizations helps to preserve our artistic and cultural heritage.
ACTION: Raise your voice to support the Artist-Museum Partnership Act. Click here to generate your letter and contact your legislators today.

4/17/12: Improve Visa Processing for Foreign Guest Artists
Arts Advocacy Day Action Alert
Delays and inconsistencies by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have made it difficult in the past for international artists to obtain the visas required for entry into the United States. Delays began when USCIS adopted a Premium Processing Service (PPS) in June 2001, guaranteeing processing within 15 calendar days at an unaffordable cost for most nonprofit arts organizations - $1,225 per petition. Prior to the creation of PPS, regular O and P visa processing took an average of 45 days, but since then processing has varied widely, ranging from 45 days to six months. 
ACTION: Global cultural exchange is important now more than ever! Click here to generate your letter and contact your legislators today.

4/17/12: Increase Funding for Cultural Exchange Programs
Arts Advocacy Day Action Alert
The State Department’s Cultural Programs Division is the principal office focused on cultural diplomacy. Ask your Representative and Senators to encourage the State Department to appropriate a minimum of $15 million in FY13 for cultural exchange programs at the U.S. Department of State.
ACTION: Your voice makes a difference! Click here to generate your letter and contact your legislators today.

4/17/12: Take Action! Protect Charitable Giving Incentives
Arts Advocacy Day Action Alert
Like thousands of other nonprofits in education, human services, and other community organizations, many performing arts organizations are classified as 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. If it were not for this exemption and the deductibility of private donations, nonprofit performing arts organizations and many other charitable organizations would be unable to serve community needs. Urge Congress to preserve the capacity of the nonprofit sector to serve communities by protecting incentives for charitable giving.
ACTION: Raise your voice to support charitable giving incentives! Click here to generate your letter and contact your legislators today.

4/4/12: Arts Education Status Report Released: Equity Gaps Remain
On Monday, April 4, the U.S. Department of Education released the results of the Fast Response Statistical Survey's (FRSS) Report on Arts Education, based on data gathered in the 2009-2010 school year. The arts education community has long called for federal data collection to be more comprehensive in scope and depth and that data be collected more frequently. While the FRSS report does not provide a complete picture of the status of arts education, it does provide some valuable new information and an opportunity to provoke a public conversation about arts education.
ACTION: The arts education community has been working to create a toolkit to help the broader arts community understand and communicate about the Snapshot FRSS results, and these tools will be available online soon. In the meantime, a snapshot of the report with some key findings on the PAA website, find the full report online and view the Performing Arts Alliance's Arts Education Tools & Resources webpage to learn what kind of steps you can take to advance the status of arts education in public schools.

3/27/12: Update and Statement on House FY13 Budget Resolution
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released his FY 2013 Budget Resolution Blueprint titled "The Path to Prosperity", a nonbinding $3.5 trillion resolution that outlines spending and tax priorities for the appropriations process and tax-writing committees. The House Budget Committee adopted the Resolution (H. Con. Res. 112) by a 19-18 vote on March 21 and House Republican leaders are expected to bring the measure to the floor tomorrow, March 28. Included in the 215 page Budget Resolution is a statement calling for private funding for the cultural agencies. It is important to note that Americans from all walks of life, in communities large and small, benefit from the contributions of nonprofit performing arts organizations. Federal government support helps ensure that individuals from all socioeconomic backgrounds and communities have the opportunity to encounter, participate in, or learn about the performing arts. This important stream of public funding for the arts does what strict budget outlays are designed to do - stimulate broad participation.
ACTION: While tomorrow's House Budget Resolution vote is nonbinding and the ultimate decisions will be made by the Appropriations Committee, the Budget Resolution is meant to set funding priorities for the year. The Resolution would privatize our nation's cultural agencies and does not accurately describe the reach and importance of federal arts grants to citizens and communities across the country. The Performing Arts Alliance opposes this move to privatization. Click here to generate your letter and contact your legislators today.

2/14/12: President Releases FY13 Budget, Urge Support for Arts Funding and Charitable Giving
Yesterday, President Obama released his FY13 federal budget proposal to Congress, which serves as a starting point for the Congressional appropriations process. The budget proposal includes $154.255 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), an $8 million increase which nearly restores the decrease he recommended last year; consolidating the Arts in Education program into a broader fund for Effective Teaching and Learning for a Well-Rounded Education which would eliminate the ability to track funding for each subject and would diminish federal leadership in these essential subjects of learning; and capping deductions, including the charitable deduction, at 28% for individual taxpayers earning more than $200,000 and couples earning more than $250,000. While the protections for charitable giving incentives are an important recognition of the unique value of charitable deductions, the proposal to cap deductibility at 28% has met strong opposition in the nonprofit community.
ACTION: As Congress turns its attention to FY13 funding, the arts community must raise its voice and stress the public value of federal support for the arts. Click here to generate your letter and contact your legislators today.

2/2/12: Take Action! Urge Congress to Reinstate the IRA Charitable Rollover
The IRA Charitable Rollover expired on December 31, 2011 and Congress may soon consider legislation to reinstate the IRA Rollover as part of a larger bill to restore a number of tax "extender" provisions. The IRA Rollover allows a donor who has reached age 70 1/2 to roll funds from their Individual Retirement Accounts directly to nonprofit organizations without incurring income tax on the transfer. This charitable giving incentive has allowed for millions of dollars of new contributions to support the work of nonprofit organizations.
ACTION: Contact your members of Congress today and urge support for restoring the IRA Charitable Rollover. Click here to generate your letter and contact your legislators today.

9/15/11: The President’s Job’s Bill and Not-for-Profits
The good news: President Obama’s new jobs bill, released Monday 9/12, includes nonprofits in its tax credits that go to companies that hire veterans and long-term unemployed people. The tax credits would apply to payroll taxes, which nonprofit employers pay, instead of to income taxes. An employer could get a tax credit of $2,400 for hiring a veteran who has been unemployed for at least four weeks and $5,600 for a veteran who has been out of work for at least six months. It could get a tax credit of up to $4,000 for hiring any other individual who has been unemployed for at least six months.
The bad news: President Obama’s job bill also includes $467 billion in tax code changes he proposes to use to pay for the bill. The offsets include a 28 percent cap on itemized deductions - including the charitable deduction - for individuals earning more than $200,000 a year and households earning more than $250,000 per year. The cap on individual deductions is expected to generate $400 billion in revenue over 10 years. House Republicans have rejected the proposed offsets, noting that members of Congress from both parties have rejected these proposals in the past.
ACTION: Please contact your Members of Congress to let them know that this is a time to preserve the capacity of the not-for-profit sector to serve communities by protecting incentives for charitable giving! Click here to send a personalized letter and invite your friends to do the same.

7/7/11: NEA Funding Threatened Disproportionately
On July 7, 2011 the U.S. House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee voted to cut National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) funding by $20 million for FY12 from the current funding level of $155 million. The NEA already suffered a $12.5 million decrease last year and today's proposal more than doubles the $9 million reduction recommended by President Obama in FY12. The Subcommittee's nearly 13% cut is also disproportionate to the 7% cut to the overall spending levels in the entire Interior bill.
ACTION:
The full House Appropriations Committee is expected to vote on the FY12 Interior Appropriations bill next week. In advance, it is extremely important that members of the Appropriations Committee hear from constituents supporting funding for the NEA. Click here to send a personalized letter and invite your friends to do the same.

5/14/11: Prevent the Elimination of Arts Education Funding
In the coming weeks, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on a bill that would eliminate the Arts in Education program at the U.S. Department of Education. H.R. 1891, the Setting New Priorities in Education Spending Act, would eliminate 43 K-12 federal education programs. This bill, which the House Education and Workforce Committee passed along party lines on May 25, is an even more serious threat than the annual federal funding measures, as H.R. 1891 would permanently strip the language out of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that allows the Arts in Education program to be funded each year.
ACTION: As we move closer to a vote, now is the time to contact your members of Congress to make sure they know the importance of protecting Arts Education funding. Click here to send a personalized letter and invite your friends to do the same.

5/2/11: Charitable Giving Incentives At Risk
Legislators will soon be focused on tax and budget matters including consideration of proposals that put the income tax deduction to 501(c)(3) organizations at risk. The President's FY12 budget proposal looks to limit deductibility for charitable gifts to 28% for higher income tax payers which could reduce charitable giving by as much as $7 billion per year. Eliminating the charitable deduction would produce an estimated 25 to 36 percent decrease in annual giving.
ACTION: Communicate to your members of Congress that charitable giving incentives are critical to the health of nonprofit organizations, including the nonprofit arts, and support the valuable community services provided by the full range of nonprofit organizations. Click here to send a personalized letter and invite friends to do the same.

4/5/11: Support Arts Advocacy Day 2011!
On April 5th, 2011, arts advocates from around the country descended on Capitol Hill to ask Congress to support the arts. But that is not enough - we need your input as well! Every member of Congress, in every state, needs to hear from theatres across the country, and that is where you come in.  Even if you couldn’t attend in person, you can help support the arts.
ACTION: Ask your Congress to support funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Arts in Education program at the U.S. Department of Education, to preserve incentives for charitable giving, to support legislation ensuring timely visa processing for foreign guest artists, and to increase funding for cultural exchange. Click here to contact your members of Congress and communicate the value of the performing arts.

4/5/11: Support Funding for the Arts in Education Program
The U.S. Department of Education’s Arts in Education program provides federal support to performing arts organizations for the development, evaluation, and dissemination of model programs that integrate arts instruction into other subject areas.
ACTION: Ask your Representative and Senators to support funding for this important program. Click here to contact your elected officials and support funding the U.S. Department Education’s work in arts education.

4/5/11: Strengthen Arts Education in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
Despite overwhelming public support for arts education, access to arts education in our schools is eroding. School systems are focusing largely on reading and math at the expense of arts education and other core subjects of learning.
ACTION: Ask your Representative and Senators to support strengthening arts education in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Click here to send your elected officials a message strengthening arts education in ESEA.

4/5/11: Increase Funding for Cultural Exchange Programs
The State Department’s Cultural Programs Division is the principal office focused on cultural diplomacy. Ask your Representative and Senators to support increased funding by $10 million in FY12 for cultural exchange programs at the U.S. Department of State.  
ACTION: Click here to send your elected officials a personalized message highlighting the importance of the arts in cultural exchange diplomacy.

4/5/11: Protect Wireless Microphones Used by Performing Arts Organizations
Professional wireless sound equipment is used to provide high-quality audio to performing arts audiences. The FCC's introduction of new wireless devices in radio frequencies currently used for wireless microphone and related audio equipment could have a negative impact on theatres’ backstage operations.
ACTION: Ask your Representative and Senators to oppose legislation that would allow unlicensed devices to threaten wireless microphones used in theaters and nonprofit performance venues. Click here to send your elected officials a message protecting wireless microphones used by theatres.

3/1/11: Restore FY11 Funding for Arts in Education and NEA!
As the long-term FY11 budget resolution debate continues, your help is needed to urge Congress to restore funding for the Arts in Education program at the U.S. Department of Education and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The House FY11 long-term budget resolution eliminates funding for the Arts in Education program and includes a $43.1 million decrease in NEA funding. It is important the arts community raise its voice and urge legislators to restore funding to both of these programs.
ACTION: Click here to send your members of Congress a personalized message urging them to restore funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Arts in Education program at the U.S Department of Education.

2/17/11: House Passes Amendment to Cut NEA Funding
On February 17, the House of Representatives approved an amendment offered by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI-7) to cut FY11 funding to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) by $20.6 million. This was on top of the $22.5 million funding reduction already recommended by the House Appropriations Committee.
ACTION:  In the next few days, please take a minute to view the Roll Call Vote on the Walberg amendment to see how your Representative voted and send a follow up message. Click here to send a message to your elected officials urging them to restore the NEA’s budget.

2/15/11: Urge House to Oppose Harmful Amendments to the NEA
Today, as the House of Representatives began debate to finalize FY11 spending bills, Reps. Scott Garrett (R-NJ-5) and Tim Walberg (R-MI-7) offered amendments to eliminate and severely cut FY11 funding to the NEA (National Endowment for the Arts). These amendments are offered in addition to the $22.5 million cut already recommended by the House Appropriations Committee.
ACTION: These amendments may be voted on as early as today, Tuesday, February 15th. Call the Capitol Switchboard right away at 202-224-3121, ask for your Representative’s office, and urge your Representative to vote NO on these harmful amendments. As vocal support by House members is critical while these amendments are debated, make sure to ask your Representative to speak up on the House floor in support of the NEA.

2/10/11: Urge Congress to Support the NEA
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) provides critical federal funding for performing arts organizations nationwide, expanding public access to performances, preserving great classical works, and nurturing the creative endeavors of performing artists across the country.
This week, the House Appropriations Committee released their FY11 funding recommendations, calling for a $12 million minimum cut to the NEA. The House is slated to consider these recommendations as they debate the FY11 Continuing Resolution next week. In addition to the recommended funding cut, we anticipate introduction of floor amendments which will more severely cut and/or eliminate funding to the NEA.
ACTION: It is extremely important that members of Congress hear from constituents who support funding for the NEA. Please take a moment to write your Representative and urge them to support the NEA and hold in place federal funding for the arts. Click here to send a personalized letter and invite your friends to do the same. You play an important role in making sure efforts to severely cut or eliminate funding to the NEA are not approved.

News Alert--Discussions in Congress on FY 2011 Appropriations Continue: As the lame duck session in Congress progresses, it is uncertain the direction the House and Senate are expected to take on appropriations. The federal government is currently funded by a Continuing Resolution (CR) through December 3 at FY 2010 levels, so Congress will need to act before that date to keep the government running. One possibility is an additional CR to fund the government until the new Congress takes office in January, and another option is for Congress to pass a year-end FY 2011 omnibus spending package by December 3. Stay tuned for updates on the funding direction Congress takes.

News Alert—Proposed Consolidation of the Arts in Education Program at the US DOE: The President's FY 2011 budget proposed consolidating a number of programs, including the Arts in Education programs, into a new funding category called Effective Teaching and Learning for a Well-Rounded Education.  The proposed consolidation has been rejected by appropriators in Congress.  The Senate Appropriations Committee has preserved the Arts in Education programs by including $42 million for FY 2011, and the House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies has recommended level funding of $40 million.

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