FACTS & FIGURES TO MAKE YOUR CASE

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2020 Congressional Arts Handbook

The Congressional Arts Handbook is compiled annually to support the work of participants at Arts Advocacy Day, organized by Americans for the Arts and cosponsored by more than 85 national organizations, representing thousands of arts, culture, business, civic, and education organizations and individuals nationwide. Within this Handbook, you will find a plethora of resources including facts, figures, related legislation, research, talking points, and more to help inform you on the major policy issues we are working to positively impact.

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Key Congressional Committees for Arts Policy

FIND OUT IF YOUR LEGISLATOR SERVES ON ONE OF THESE COMMITTEES THAT IMPACTS THE ARTS
116th Congressional Information 2019 - 2020 
(Information will be updated for the 117th Congress)

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House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior Appropriations

House Full Appropriations Committee

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior Appropriations

Senate Full Appropriations Committee

These committees have jurisdiction over the amount of funding provided to the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services, and Education 

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services, and Education

These committees have jurisdiction over the amount of funding provided to the Office of Museum Services, the U.S. Department of Education (arts education programs), Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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House Education Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education

Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

These committees have jurisdiction over education policy (including arts education programs) at the U.S. Department of Education.

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House Committee on Ways and Means

Senate Committee on Finance

The following committees have jurisdiction over all tax policies, including tax policies aimed at increasing giving to charitable organizations.

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House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations

These committees have jurisdiction over the amount of funding provided to the U.S. Department of State, including the Department’s Office of Citizen Exchanges and cultural diplomacy programs.

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House Committee on Energy and Commerce

Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

These committees have jurisdiction over all legislative matters relating to regulation of communications issues.

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The Arts Action Fund has created a factsheet for each state, full of data and examples about why the arts matter. 

Click Here to find out more about why the arts matter in your state!