The National Endowment of the Arts and the National Endowment of the Humanities can breath a sigh of relief. On Wednesday, the US Congress has passed a 2019 budget allotting both contested federal agencies a $155 million budget for the forthcoming fiscal year.
The Fiscal Year 2019 Interior Appropriations Bill was approved by the the Senate with a 92-6 vote yesterday, after previously being passed by the House of Representatives. The new budget increases funding to the two agencies by $2.2 million compared to the 2018 budget. (That budget was only passed in March, despite the fact that the fiscal year begins in October.) The 2017 budget also included a $2 million increase for the agencies.