Americans for the Arts Grades Congressional Support for Culture Funding

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Americans for the Arts, a non-profit advocacy group, has released its first Congressional Arts Report Card, grading members of the House of Representative on their votes for and against arts funding.

The group based its results on 11 floor votes on arts-related issues, including funding of the National Endowment for the Arts, during the current congressional term. (The Senate did not have any comparable votes).

The group gave 49 percent of the House an A or A+, with 33 members getting a perfect score. Thirty percent received a D or F, meaning that they rarely, if ever, voted to increase funding for the arts. The average grade was B.

The grades varied widely by party and geographical location. About 88 percent of Democrats got an A or A+; 56 percent of Republicans got a D or F. The highest-ranking region was New England, which averaged an A; members from the South averaged a C.

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