Issue Position: History, Culture, and the Arts
Funding for the Arts
Organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) bring critical federal dollars to artists, cultural institutions, and State Arts agencies. These dollars, in the form of grants, help to promote the education, innovation and preservation of Connecticut's rich artistic and cultural history. The arts are important to the first district, where we have a total of 1,354 arts-related businesses employing 8,579 people.
I have strongly supported funding increases for the NEA and NEH. On June 27, 2007, I voted in favor of the House passed Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2008 (H.R. 2643), which included $160 million in funding for the NEA and the NEH. Under H.R. 2643, NEA funds increased by $35 million and NEH funds increased by $19 million compared to the President's fiscal year 2008 budget request. Continued funding for the arts is vital to promoting artistic and cultural innovation in Connecticut, and I will continue to work to ensure that programs like the NEH and NEA get the funding they need.