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EASL Section Letter Opposing the De-Funding of the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

The Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law ("EASL") Section's Executive Committee voted to draft and send a memorandum opposing the de-funding of The National Endowment for the Arts ("NEA"), The National Endowment for the Humanities ("NEH"), and The Corporation for Public Broadcasting ("CPB"). The memorandum was sent by the NYSBA to United States Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as each of the 27 elected members of the U.S. House of Representatives from the State of New York. EASL Memorandum 1 Support.doc

This outcome is excellent and should have an impact on the budget legislation. The Continuing Resolution, which passed in late April and was signed by the President, funds the federal government through September 30, 2017. The focus of the ongoing debate on this issue now shifts to the forthcoming debate on the Fiscal Year 2018 Federal Budget (October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018).

I thank all of those who were so dedicated, passionate, engaged and involved in this difficult process, especially the crack writing and editorial team of Meital Waibsnaider, Irina Tarsis, Marc Jacobson, Steve Richman, Rosemarie Tully and Steve Rodner, and as always, Beth Gould, EASL's own Wonder Woman.

Diane Krausz
Chair, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section, NYSBA

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