Featured Action Items
The 114th Congress: A New Capitol Hill for the Arts
The results of the 2014 mid-term elections—Republican control of the Senate, fewer Democratic seats the House—will bring new faces to Capitol Hill and to some of your districts and states.
With new policymakers headed into office, this is an opportune moment to educate them about the role and value of the arts in America. As soon as possible, make your voice heard and tell your lawmakers how your arts organization is making an impact where you live.
PAA looks forward to building relationships on Capitol Hill with new members of the 114th Congress, and we have tools and information to help arts advocates and organizations do the same with their new leaders.
House Restores NEA FY15 Budget
On July 15, the full House Appropriations Committee restored the NEA’s FY15 budget to $146 million! This represents level funding from FY14. Just a week earlier, on July 9, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies recommended an $8 million cut ($138 million) to the NEA for FY15.The NEA's budget has experienced a rollercoaster ride over the last few appropriations seasons, and while level funding is a victory, PAA continues to advocate for $155 million for the agency. This bill now moves to the full House for approval. Stay tuned for updates on the rest of the appropriations process and opportunities for action.
IRA Rollover Reinstated & Made Permanent
On July 17, the full House passed legislation (H.R. 4719) that would reinstate and make permanent the IRA charitable rollover! This legislation also makes April 15 the new deadline for making charitable contributions that can be included on the previous year’s tax return. The final vote was 277-130.
PAA has been actively working with colleagues from across the charitable sector on this issue, visiting lawmakers to urge them to reinstate this provision. Many of you have contacted your representatives with stories of how your organizations have benefitted from this important provision. Next, the Senate will consider this legislation.
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