Earlier this month, the White House proposed eliminating all funding to the National Endowments for the Arts (NEA) and the Humanities (NEH) for next year’s FY 2018 budget. Yesterday (3/28), the White House took yet another brazen step and proposed that Congress cut $18 billion immediately from a targeted list of federal domestic programs out of the current year’s FY 2017 budget, with only six months left in the fiscal year. The stated purpose of the new cuts is to offset higher proposed defense and border security spending.
Specifically to the arts, yesterday’s White House proposal attempts to cut $15 million each from the NEA and NEH, which would wreak havoc in being able to administer pre-scheduled grants to nonprofit and governmental arts agencies at the local and state level.
Top Republican appropriation leaders in Congress reacted hesitantly to the proposal as a whole, stating the cuts were too big and too late in the fiscal year. They gently reminded the President that s Congress writes the appropriation bills that determine how to spend taxpayers’ money.
You can take action right now and tell Congress to stop any last minute attempts to retroactively cut funding to the arts in the current fiscal year:
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