This week, the Americans for the Arts Action Fund graded our U.S. senators on their support of the arts. While 28 members received a failing grade, both California Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein did well with Boxer receiving an A+ and Feinstein a B+. Criteria used to grade senators included: keeping jobs in the arts, supporting public art, supporting museums, showing initiative in the arts by cosponsoring arts legislation, showing leadership in the arts by signing the "Dear Colleague Letter" for more funding for the NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) and more.
Some of the 28 who received a failing grade were John McCain (AZ-R), John Ensign (NV-R) Mitch McConnell (KY-R) and Lindsay Graham (SC-R).
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-Alyssa Cordova, contributing writer