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NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS

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The House Republican leadership and conservative rank-and-file members won a crucial floor vote yesterday, effectively eliminating funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Instead of funding the federal agency, the House voted to give some $80 million in block grants to the states for reallocation to schools and local arts groups.

The agency, which has been under siege by conservatives for years, would not have to shut down because of yesterday’s vote. The Senate still has to decide on the matter. And the White House has said President Clinton would veto any legislation that terminated the NEA.

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• Ken Burns, the producer of the award-winning PBS series, The Civil War, speaking at a Congressional sub-committee hearing two years ago.

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