An appropriations panel of the U.S. House of Representatives endorsed legislation on Wednesday that would provide the largest spending increase ever for the National Endowment for the Arts.
The bill, which still faces votes by the full Appropriations Committee as well as the entire House and U.S. Senate, would provide $160-million for the arts endowment in the 2008 fiscal year, a $35-million increase over the 2007 figure and $32-million above President Bush’s request.
The bill would also provide $160-million for the National Endowment for the Humanities, $19-million over the president’s request. The provisions for the cultural endowments are part of broader legislation to finance the Interior Department and other agencies in the next fiscal year, which begins on October 1. —Kelly Field