Campaign Promises

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ItemIndependent Organizations
IO-61 The Promise: "Will "support increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.""
When/Where: Obama-Biden Plan: "Champions for Arts and Culture" dated 09/11/08.
Status:When President Obama assumed the presidency in 01/09, the National Endowment for the Arts was funded at $155M, the amount subject to be increased.

The $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 economic stimulus bill signed into law 02/17/09 by President Obama included $50M in supplementary funding for the NEA.

President Obama then proposed to raise the FY2009 allocation of $155M to $161.3M. The House and Senate passed the final version of the bill for FY2010, increasing President Obama's proposed amount to $167.5M.

In the face of budget cutbacks, NEA funding was reduced to $154.6M for FY2011 against the President's request for $161.3M. NEA's budget was further reduced to $146.2M for FY2012, consistent with the President's request. For subsequent years during President Obama's two terms in office, the NEA was funded as follows: FY2013....$146M, FY2014....$146M, FY2015....$146M, FY2016....$147M, and FY2017....$149M.

Despite a promising start for increased funding of the NEA in FY2010, that funding started to fall below the last Bush Administration budget level in FY2011. What would have been reflected as a positive grade up until FY2011 was reversed in FY2012 when President Obama's budget request for the NEA fell below the FY2009 enacted level and stayed below that level for the remainder of his two terms in office. This indicates that his "support" for increased NEA funding was short-lived.

This promise was not fulfilled.