Increased Funding for the Arts is a Victory of Imagination over
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement following the vote this afternoon to support an amendment
to the Interior Appropriations bill, sponsored by Representatives
Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Norman Dicks (D-WA), that would increase
the budget of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) by $15 million. The
amendment was approved by a vote of 225 to 200.
"Today's vote in the House to increase funding for the NEA
and NEH is a victory of imagination over ideology.
and humanities education enrich children culturally and academically.
When children participate in arts education, their critical skills
increase. They score higher on reading, writing, math, language
development, and spatial reasoning.
to the arts through the NEA helps children build confidence in their
class work, honors their creativity, and unleashes the power of
from the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities leverage
millions of dollars each year in private support for arts projects.
In many communities, they are the sole source of arts funding.
this amendment is not an expansion of the NEA, but an attempt to
restore some of the 1995 budget cuts. There is bipartisan consensus
now that those cuts were too deep. We must continue to boost funding
for the NEA and NEH."