The House of Representatives has rejected an apparent attempt by Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and for the National Endowment for the Humanities. The vote against Huelskamp’s amendment was 284-126, with 105 Republicans joining all 179 Democrats who in opposition to the amendment.
Huelskamp had offered the amendment to the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies spending bill (HR 2584), which is currently before the House. It also included significant funding cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency’s appropriation. The text of the amendment is not currently available online via Thomas, the Library of Congress’ source for legislative information. (It often takes a day or two before bill text is available on Thomas.) The inclusion of the NEA and NEH provisions in the Huelskamp Amendment was reported by the National Humanities Alliance, whose action alert is also available on the College Art Association’s website.