June 22, 2000

Full Senate Likely to Approve Cultural Agencies’ Increases

The Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee approved an increase of $7 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts on Monday, June 20, 2000. The increase has been included in the Senate version of the FY2001 Interior Appropriations bill. Additionally, a $5 million increase was included for the National Endowment for the Humanities and $600,000 for the Office of Museum Services.

The Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to meet today, June 22, 2000, to approve funding for all three cultural agencies. From here, the Senate version of the Interior Appropriations bill will move to the Senate floor for full vote, at which time the House and Senate conference committees will meet to iron out differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. Conference committees are expected to meet later this summer.

Thank you for all of your calls and letters to your Congressmen! We will keep you posted with further updates as they ensue. As always, please feel free to contact us at (612) 338-2970 for legislative district information, histories of cultural support or contact information.