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