Wednesday (1/28) on the New York Times’ ArtsBeat site, Robin Pogrebin reports, “The House approved $50 million in recovery funds for the National Endowment for the Arts on Wednesday as part of the economic stimulus bill. The legislation, called the American Recovery and Reinvestment bill, was not included in the Senate’s version. ‘We hope Congress can come to a sensible consensus as the bill is prepared for its final vote,’ said Robert L. Lynch, the president and chief executive of Americans for the Arts, a national lobbying group. ‘The arts are essential to the health and vitality of our communities, and it is fiscally sound policy to invest in our nation’s arts infrastructure.’ The House plan, which passed by a vote of 244 to 188, is expected to reach President Obama by mid-February. Arts groups say they are working hard to ensure that support of the nation’s cultural institutions becomes an integral part of the recovery.”