A newly drafted government funding bill released on May 1 includes a small increase in funds for federal arts agencies that faced elimination under President Trump's FY ’18 blueprint.
Congress will vote on the bipartisan spending bill this week, and it includes funding through the end of the fiscal year, September 30, 2017.
Dozens of federal agencies, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, were targeted for defunding or outright elimination in Trump's budget proposals.
Budget Director Mick Mulvaney supported the proposed cuts, while arts supporters lobbied representatives in Congress to keep the funding intact.
The bill proposes $150 million for the National Endowment for the Arts and $150 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities -- $2 million above the fiscal year 2016 level.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), also threatened in Trump's budget, would get a slight increase from $230 million to $231 million.