Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Possible House vote tonight to cut NEA funding

Hi everyone,

The House Rules Committee ruled in order an amendment by Rep. Grothman (R-WI) to cut NEA and NEH funding by 15% each. This amendment cutting funding to the NEA and NEH could receive a floor vote as early as tonight. (Amendment text is here: https://amendments-rules.house.gov/amendments/GROTWI_092_xml71318155501551.pdf)

DPE is drafting a statement of opposition for release this afternoon that will list the names of the AEMI unions. Because the AEMI unions are on record in support of full federal arts funding, we assume that your union opposes the Grothman amendment that cuts funding. Please email me ASAP if your union does NOT want to be listed on the statement opposing the Grothman amendment.

DPE also advises AEMI unions to ramp up social media advocacy in support of full federal arts funding through at least tonight. For unions wishing to direct their members to take action, the ask is to call their representative and urge a NO vote on any Interior amendment that cuts funding to the NEA or NEH.

We are in touch with Rep. Pingree’s office, who is helping to keep us updated on developments as they unfold. Rep. Pingree will speak against the Grothman amendment when floor debate on the Interior bill commences at approximately 6 pm this evening. Rep. Pingree will also send a Dear Colleague letter urging opposition to the Grothman amendment if there is a floor vote, and she would like to include the AEMI’s opposition in that letter.

Thank you in advance for your quick response to this attack on federal arts funding. We will keep you informed as we learn more.


Michael Wasser
Legislative and Outreach Director
Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Tuesday May 22nd 2018 at 9.30pm at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Free cover

GIAA Members should email Francesca directly if you are able to attend

Francesca Capetta

Hi Carlo!

I’d love to invite you to Broadway’s Got Talent where I’ll be one of the four judges along with the 10 times Tony Winner Tommy Tune, Broadway actress Klea Blackhurst and Talent Agent Dustin Flores. This International Musical Theater Competition will take place on Tuesday May 22nd 2018 at 9.30pm at Feinstein’s/54 Below.

Let me know if you or any GIAA member are interested in coming so I can reserve you free tickets (there is a $25 minimum drink/food).

Attached the flyer.
Let me know :)