Arts to Receive Level Funding for FY 2000
By Tom McClimon
House and Senate negotiators
were unable to reach agreement on a proposed $5 million increase for the
National Endowment for the Arts for Fiscal Year 2000 and instead decided
to keep the agency funded at its current level of $98 million.
While the Senate had earlier
approved a $5 million increase to the arts agency, the House Republican
leadership held firm in its position that the agency receive no increase
in its funding. A Senate offer to compromise with a $2.5 million increase
was also rejected by House leaders.
The budget for the National
Endowment for the Humanities was increased by $5 million from $110 to $115
Final congressional and
presidential approval of the Interior appropriations bill which contains
the arts funding is uncertain as President Clinton as indicated a possible
veto over a number of environmental issues.