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US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Arts, Economic Recovery bill, Stimulus, congress, economy, government, news, obama, usa )

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During their consideration of the Economic Recovery bill, the Senate approved an amendment offered by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) that prohibits funding for "...museums, theaters and arts centers..." This amendment, approved by a vote of 73-24


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Roseann d (178)
Tuesday February 10, 2009, 7:45 pm
Of course it would be a Republican, who wants the country to be as bland and boring and washed up as their party

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 10, 2009, 7:48 pm
Ugh... those dang non-creative types. The same people that gave names to many areas in the USA. Blecccch!

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday February 10, 2009, 7:49 pm
Hmmmm ... only a Republican't would "kill" the arts ...

Chakwaina E (125)
Tuesday February 10, 2009, 7:49 pm
I don not understand how this will help stimulate the economy.

I am a Native American Artist myself. I do not get any money to help buy my supplies, but similar art in musuems does stimulate interest in my type of work.

If I can not sell my artwork, I can not but money back into the economy by making purchases.

Also, if not for my dogged independence, I could end up on the food stamp rolls!

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Tuesday February 10, 2009, 10:35 pm

Thanks for posting this, Chakwaina . . . I hear you.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 10, 2009, 10:54 pm
It's a Patriach society,Rules written by old white man for hundreds of years.It;s time to make a change for the betterment of society..

Erika S (23)
Wednesday February 11, 2009, 12:53 pm
Art is essential to human beings, it is one of the most healing elements one could not live without. Art plays a very important role in the character of people. Art is needed to help express our feelings and relieve ourselves from Mental, Spiritual, and Physical Disease.

Chakwaina E (125)
Friday February 13, 2009, 7:46 pm
Just moments ago, the U.S. House of Representatives approved their final version of the Economic Recovery bill by a vote of 246-183. We can now confirm that the package DOES include $50 million in direct support for arts jobs through National Endowment for the Arts grants. We are also happy to report that the exclusionary Coburn Amendment language banning certain arts groups from receiving any other economic recovery funds has also been successfully removed. Tonight the Senate is scheduled to have their final vote, and President Obama plans to sign the bill on Monday - President's Day.

A United Voice
This is an important victory for all of you as arts advocates. More than 85,000 letters were sent to Congress, thousands of calls were made, and hundreds of op-eds, letters to the editor, news stories, and blog entries were generated in print and online media about the role of the arts in the economy. Artists, business leaders, mayors, governors, and a full range of national, state, and local arts groups all united together on this advocacy issue. This outcome marks a stunning turnaround of events and exemplifies the power of grassroots arts advocacy.

We would like to also thank some key leaders on Capitol Hill who really carried our voices into the conference negotiation room and throughout the halls of Congress: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Appropriations Chairman Dave Obey (D-WI), House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Norm Dicks (D-WA), and Congressional Arts Caucus Co-Chair Louise Slaughter (D-NY). We also want to publicly thank President Obama for taking the early lead in recognizing the role of the arts in economic development. These leaders were able to convincingly make the case that protecting jobs in the creative sector is integral to the U.S. economy.

What's Next
As we wrap up our work on the Economic Recovery legislation, we wanted to share with you other upcoming legislative action that we are tracking:
Finalization by early March of the FY 2009 appropriations, which has been operating under a continuing resolution for the last five months.

Release of President Obama's first federal budget for FY 2010 is expected in late March/early April.

Hearings in the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee on the FY 2010 budget.

Hearings in the House Education & Labor Committee on arts in the workforce and arts education.

The 22nd Annual National Arts Advocacy Day ( conference on Capitol Hill on March 30-31, 2009.
Webinar on Federal Funding Announced, NEA Officials to Join (
There is further good news for the arts and arts education in the other sections of this $789 billion economic recovery legislation -- but we're still reading through the 1000+ pages. Americans for the Arts will give an update on the economic stimulus package as well as other federal sources of arts funding in a webinar on Wednesday, February 18, 2:00-3:30pm EST. The webinar presentation will include remarks by Acting National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Patrice Walker Powell and newly appointed Director of Government Affairs Anita Decker. The webinar is free to Americans for the Arts professional members. Not a Member? Join Today.
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