Tying Down Federal Funds for the Arts


The National Endowment for the Arts, one of the main sources of federal support for the arts, is up for reauthorization this year. As the House and Senate begin drafting the reauthorization legislation, lawmakers have begun taking sides on whether to eliminate, continue or strengthen a year-old restriction on funding obscene art. The process has turned into a heated political debate over obscenity and government censorship—a debate many members of Congress feel they can't win with the voters.

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