NASAA provides national representation for state arts agencies, ensuring that their policy and resource interests have a persuasive voice in Washington. Federal updates, alerts and issue briefs keep NASAA members up to date and inform their ongoing contacts in Congress. NASAA's policy paper, Advancing America's Creativity: An Agenda for Leadership in Support of the Arts and Cultural Activities guides our advocacy and policy positions in dialogue with the executive and legislative branches of the federal government, with our colleagues in the cultural community, and with other audiences.

Legislative Alerts / Legislative Updates

January 14, 2014: Budget for Remainder of FY2014 Appears Near

February 7, 2013: Sequestration Status; New Arts Ed Caucus

January 7, 2013: The Fiscal Cliff Vote: Implications for Arts Funding

December 6, 2012: Urgent Federal Policy Matters

November 9, 2012: The Fiscal Cliff and State Arts Agencies

September 25, 2012: Congress Passes Continuing Resolution through March 27, 2013; Sequestration (Mandatory Cuts) Still on Schedule for January 2, 2013

June 28, 2012: House Committee Approves FY2013 Bill with Significant Reduction in Arts Funding

June 21, 2012: House Appropriators Vote Cut in 2013 Arts Funding; Senate Panel Sets Slight Increase to Arts Education Budget

May 9, 2012: Take Action: Contact Your Representatives and Senators; Urge NEA Funding at $155 Million for FY2013

March 22, 2012: Contact Your Senators: Urge Support on Letter to Appropriators for NEA 2013 Increase

March 12, 2012: Contact Your Representatives: Urge Support on Letter to Appropriations for NEA 2013 Increase

February 17, 2012: NEA 2013 Budget Honors States' Role in Federal Arts Funding

February 13, 2012: President's 2013 Budget Proposes NEA Fund Increase

February 10, 2012: Back to the Future: Congress Begins a New Legislative Session

January 31, 2012: Save Arts Transportation Funds: Contact Your Representatives

December 19, 2011: House and Senate Pass 2012 Funding, Restate 40% State Share

November 1, 2011: Senate Panel Approves Education Overhaul

August 9, 2011: Debt Ceiling Deal Spells Deep Cuts in Discretionary Funds

July 29, 2011: House Votes against NEA Funding Cuts; Strong Comeback for Arts Advocacy

July 28, 2011: House Votes against Further Cuts to NEA Funds; Bill Sets FY2012 Arts Appropriation at $135M

July 26, 2011: ACTION ALERT UPDATE--House Defeats Amendment to Eliminate NEA Funds; Continue to Ask Your Representatives on Wednesday to Vote to Defeat Further Cuts to NEA Budget

July 25, 2011: ACTION ALERT EXTRA--Contact Your Representatives: Defeat Further Cuts to NEA Budget

July 22, 2011: ACTION ALERT: Contact Your U.S. Representatives; Register Your Support for the NEA

July 13, 2011: House Appropriators Approve NEA at $135 Million in FY2012; Committee Honors 40% Share to States

July 8, 2011: Contact House Appropriators: Protect NEA Funds from Further Cuts

July 6: House Draft Bill to Set NEA Funds at $135 Million in 2012

June 24, 2011: House Set to Draft Arts Funding Bill; TAKE ACTION: Contact Your Representatives

May 27, 2011: House Panel Votes to Eliminate Arts Ed; Prospects Uncertain

May 25, 2011: Take Action—Contact Your Representatives: Urge NEA Funding at $167.5 Million, Maintain 40% to States

May 23, 2011: Take Action: House Panel to Vote on Arts Ed Elimination

May 11, 2011: NEA FY2012 Budget Questioned at House Hearing

April 12, 2011: Final 2011 Budget Bill Sets NEA Funds at $155 Million

March 31, 2011: Action Update: 2011 and 2012 Budget Issues

March 7, 2011: Action Update: Senate Democrats' Bill Maintains NEA Funding Level

March 4, 2011: Take Action: FY2011 Spending Bill Eliminates Arts Ed; NEA Funds at Risk

March 1, 2011: Take Action: Urge Senators to Maintain NEA Funding

February 18, 2011: House Moves to Wrap up 2011 Funding Bill, Action Moves to Senate

February 17, 2011: House Takes up 2011 Funding Bill, Votes for Deeper Cuts in NEA

February 16, 2011: URGENT—Take Action: Oppose Amendments to Further Cuts, Elimination of NEA 2011 Funding

February 14, 2011: President's 2012 Budget Proposes NEA Fund Cut

February 14, 2011: UPDATE—Take Action: New House Money Bill Would Cut $22 Million From NEA

February 11, 2011: Take Action: House Votes Expected on 2011 Funds; House Appropriations Committee Struggles with Cuts, Lists NEA

January 26, 2011: House Republican Caucus Group Proposes NEA Elimination

January 19, 2011: Take Action: Contact Your New Legislators in Congress; Urge Support for Federal Arts Funding

Arts Issue Briefs

National Endowment for the Arts: Promoting Creativity and Public Access to the Arts

Funding the Arts in Education Program at the U.S. Department of Education: Improving Access to Arts Education for All Students

Strengthening Arts Education in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act: Helping Children Achieve in School, Work, and Life

Tax Reform: Encouraging Charitable Gifts to Support the Arts in our Communities

Tax Fairness for Artists and Writers: Creating America's Artistic Heritage

Cultural Exchanges through the U.S. Department of State: Strengthening Ties between the United States and the World

Office of Museum Services: Promoting Lifelong Learning and Protecting Our National Heritage

Arts in Health: Strengthening Our Nation's Health through the Arts

Statement of Concern: Transportation Enhancements

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