Thursday, March 26, 2009

Obama signs Recovery and Reinvestment Act with reinstated support for the arts

It is great to know that my baby boo Obama is thinking about the entire population.

As the ArtNewspaper reports:
NEW YORK. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Smithsonian Institution have secured a small allotment of federal funding as part of the $787bn American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed by President Obama on 17 February, following fears that arts groups would be completely excluded from the stimulus package. A committee comprising members of both houses of Congress reached an agreement on the final spending bill, which was notably smaller than the versions passed by either the House or the Senate, with a number of cuts made to education and health programmes to secure the sliver of Republican support needed (three votes) to pass the bill. The NEA will receive $50m to distribute to non-profit arts organisations while the Smithsonian gets $25m to repair its facilities.

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1 comment:

Sarah said...

This is wonderful! Makes me proud to say that I voted Obama (yes, while in Japan)! Thanks for this post!