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President Donald Trump has vowed to eliminate nearly all the federal government's discretionary spending in the next ten years in an effort to help reduce our national debt. However, cutting funding for the programs Trump has chosen does far more to undermine democratic ideals than it does to save money.

Seventeen programs, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting are all on the chopping block. These programs do important work for our nation, like funding services for veterans, supporting local artists' projects, and financing research for museums, colleges, and libraries [1]. They also provide jobs and other important resources for many Americans [2].

Collectively, these three organizations cost each American only $2.29 per year and have a total budget of $745 million [3], which is less than a tenth of a percent of the federal government's annual spending [4]. These cuts would be just a drop in the bucket—and at a huge price for Americans.

The Association of Art Museum Directors has issued a statement saying the NEA and NEH's funding is "modest" but an "invaluable" investment nonetheless. "It is the mark of a great democracy to support the arts, which are an expression of what makes us human" [5].

It is time to stand up for the arts. It's time to make it clear that the American people is not interested in making small dents in the national debt at the expense of so much important research and so many public services and grants.

Sign to tell President Trump and the House and Senate Committees On The Budget to find somewhere else to cut spending and leave the arts alone.

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Dear President Donald Trump and the House and Senate Committees On The Budget,

While the federal government's spending and the national debt undoubtedly need to be reduced, cutting funding for the arts is not the appropriate way to go about it. The programs you have proposed to cut are already poorly funded, while the military and other programs have monstrous budgets that only continue to grow.

Taking funds from organizations like the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting will barely make a dent in the national debt, but it will be a huge setback for the nation in terms of research and other beneficial programs.

It's time for you to find somewhere else to cut spending and leave the arts alone. I demand that funding for the NEA, NEH, CPA, and other arts organizations be left in place.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jan 17, 2018 Carrie Carlson
Jan 16, 2018 Rose Saunders
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Jan 15, 2018 Kathy Smith
Jan 13, 2018 Anne-Marie Henkes
Jan 13, 2018 Andrew Green
Jan 12, 2018 Robert Cooke, Jr.
Jan 12, 2018 Irina Lamadrid
Jan 11, 2018 Jen Valentino
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Jan 10, 2018 Rina Drori
Jan 10, 2018 Samantha Mostek
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Jan 10, 2018 Al DeRoy
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Jan 8, 2018 Valerie Sanderson
Jan 8, 2018 Iryna Andreychuk
Jan 8, 2018 Mary Templeman
Jan 8, 2018 Ewelina Mardyla
Jan 8, 2018 Renee McKenzie
Jan 8, 2018 Lily Kazantzi
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Jan 7, 2018 María Galarce
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Jan 7, 2018 Sheila Rekdal Taking funds from organizations like the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting will barely make a dent in the national debt, but it will be a huge setback for the nation in
Jan 7, 2018 Jim Sheridan
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Jan 7, 2018 Richard Han
Jan 6, 2018 Barbara Harper
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Jan 6, 2018 Ryan McKenzie
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Jan 6, 2018 Susan Diaz
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