What: All Issues : Education, Humanities, & the Arts : Funding for National Endowments of the Arts and/or Humanities : HR 5093. Interior Appropriations for 2003/Vote to Reduce Funding for the National Endowment of the Arts. (2002 house Roll Call 314)
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HR 5093. Interior Appropriations for 2003/Vote to Reduce Funding for the National Endowment of the Arts.
house Roll Call 314     Jul 17, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) provides grants to artists to help underwrite their work. Conservatives dislike the program because they dislike much of the art produced with NEA grants. In an effort to weaken the NEA, Tancredo (R-CO) proposed an amendment to the annual bill that funds the program that transferred $50 million from the NEA to the Forest Service. Progressives opposed the transfer of funds because they supported the work of the NEA. Morevoer, the House had earlier adopted an amendment that transferred $10 million into the NEA (vote no. 310), so they were unlikely to support transferring $50 million out again. Their opposition helped kill the amendment by a wide margin, 123-300.

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