The Trump Administration released its budget plan for FY 2018 on March 16 with a proposal for eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and other agencies that serve the American people. On Monday, a further slashing was proposed to both the NEA and NEH, aimed at this year's budget which has been in place since October 2016.
In response to the new threat to NEA funding, Americans for the Arts made this statement to supporters with a call to action:
[The Trump] Administration sent a new, detailed proposal outlining $18 billion in cuts in the current budget year - FY 2017. The Administration calls for a $15 million cut to the NEA and an equal, proposed cut of $15 million to the National Endowment for the Humanities. This proposal, if approved, would reduce their respective budgets from $148 million to $133 million for FY 2017. The last time the NEA budget was this low was over a decade ago!
You may recall that back in December, the incoming Trump Administration asked the GOP leadership to push the unfinished FY 2017 appropirations bill into the following year so they might weigh-in on it. A Continuing Resolution (CR) was put into place that provided the equivalent of $148 million for the National Endowment for the Arts. Yesterday's proposed $15 million cut is the Administration "weighing-in" on the appropriations process.
Fortunately, some GOP members of Congress are now reflecting that it is a bit too late for these kinds of cuts to take place. President Trump is proposing significant cuts to agencies nearly half-way through the fiscal year, which started on October 1.
Take two minutes now to keep the pressure up. Let your elected representatives know where you stand on this proposed funding cut. Tell them to oppose Trump’s destructive budget proposals—for both FY2017 and FY2018.
Use this easy link to reach your members of Congress now.