The House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday to strip the federal government of funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, a $5.5 billion public arts grant program, as it moves to repeal a ban on the agency’s work.
The legislation passed by a vote of 419-0.
The measure was approved by the Senate.
The bill, which passed in the House by voice vote, would end the NEE, or National Endowments for the Humanities and Social Sciences, grant program in which federal funds go to localities for arts projects.
This is the same grant program that was defunded in February 2017 after the Trump administration began to defund it.
The agency’s current president, former President Joe Biden, also called the funding cut an “important step toward a truly inclusive America.”
The Trump administration cut off funding for NEE after the 2016 election, which coincided with the inauguration of Donald Trump, who campaigned on a promise to repeal the agency.
The legislation, however, was quickly supported by Trump’s Cabinet.
The bill also includes a provision to create a $4 billion Arts Council of the United States, which would be tasked with coordinating funding for local arts programs.
Congress passed a bill to defund NEE on Feb. 24, 2017, after Biden signed the executive order directing the agency to cut its grants to local arts organizations.
The act was later amended to cut funding to local agencies.
In a separate appropriations bill, the House of Representative on Tuesday also passed a funding bill to repeal NEE.
This is the second time this year Congress has cut funding for arts funding.
In January, the National Association of City Music Programs and the National Arts Foundation both received $1.9 billion in cuts from the Trump Administration.
The American Association of Museums also received $3.9 million in cuts during the same time period.