Congress recently passed legislation that will fund most of the federal government for Fiscal Year 2015, which runs through the end of September. The $1.1 trillion overall, the legislation is almost identical to last year’s.
“While we should be heartened that Congress continues to support museums’ funding priorities, it is clear that we still have a lot of work to do,” said Alliance President Ford W. Bell. “In an era of tight budgets, policymakers need to know that museums are essential in their communities, and I hope everyone will join us at Museums Advocacy Day 2015 to make that case with legislators and their staff.”
The legislation includes:
$30.1 million for the Office of Museum Services at the Institute of Museum and Library Services, equal to the current funding level;
$146 million for the National Endowment for the Arts, level funding;
$146 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities, level funding;
$2.276 billion for National Park Service Operations, a $39 million increase;
$56.4 million for the Historic Preservation Fund, level funding;
$55 million for the National Science Foundation’s Advancing Informal STEM Learning program, level funding;
$820 million for the Smithsonian Institution, a $15 million increase; and
$365 million for the National Archives and Records Administration, a $5 million cut.