A bill approved by the House of Representative's committee on appropriations would cut funding for a number of cultural organizations, including the National Endowment for the Arts, whose budget would be slashed to $75 million for the 2014 fiscal year, a 49% decrease from the agency's funding for 2013 before the budget sequester.
The proposed NEA cuts are part of an across-the-board reduction in federal spending that was put forward this week by the committee, which is led by Republican Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky. The bill calls for an overall federal spending cut of 19%.
The House Appropriations Committee's proposal for the NEA is at odds with President Obama's request for $154.5 million in funding for the arts agency in his fiscal 2014 budget, announced in April. The committee is also proposing spending cuts of 19% for the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art.
The National Endowment for the Humanities would receive a cut equivalent to the NEA's under the proposal. In addition, it calls for zero funding of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, which is overseeing plans to build a memorial to the 34th president designed by architect Frank Gehry.