March 26, 2018:
The omnibus appropriations bill covering the remainder of FY 2018, signed by the president on March 23, includes increased funding for the IMLS Office of Museum Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Specifically, the OMS budget rises by 9.4 percent, from $31.72 million to $34.72 million; NEA and NEH each receive $152.85 million, an increase of $3 million each. In other good news, the bill also provides funding for other programs that the administration had proposed to eliminate, including the U.S. Department of Education's arts in education grants and after-school programs as well as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Finally, the bill includes no language to repeal or weaken the Johnson Amendment, which means that 501(c)(3) organizations are still forbidden from endorsing or opposing candidates for elective office.
Congress now turns its attention to writing appropriations bill covering FY 2019.