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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


May 24, 2018 Richard Bosboom
May 23, 2018 Anita Phillips
May 23, 2018 k kern
May 23, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 22, 2018 Heather Tingle
May 21, 2018 Sandra Middour
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May 20, 2018 Sandra Cobb
May 20, 2018 Louisa Gauerke
May 20, 2018 alan harper
May 20, 2018 John Mercer
May 20, 2018 K Hiles
May 19, 2018 Katie Smith
May 19, 2018 Erica Brinker
May 18, 2018 Natasha Varner
May 18, 2018 R. Beaton
May 17, 2018 amrita biswas
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May 17, 2018 Nancy Zebracki
May 17, 2018 Jessie Lopez
May 16, 2018 Justina Gruling
May 16, 2018 Guglielmo L
May 16, 2018 MICHELLE BARROS
May 16, 2018 Joan Blodgett
May 16, 2018 Zoltan Nagy
May 16, 2018 Canan Tzelil
May 16, 2018 Chad Anderson
May 15, 2018 Alexine Frank-Cooper President Trump: Keep Your Hands Off Humanities Funding!
May 15, 2018 Emily Nolan
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May 15, 2018 jole Lheureux
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May 15, 2018 Rahila Mehdiyeva
May 14, 2018 Janet Jones
May 14, 2018 Susan Fisher
May 14, 2018 Scott Teel
May 14, 2018 Débora Silva
May 14, 2018 Leslie Bradford
May 14, 2018 Anne Havard
May 14, 2018 shelley Smith
May 14, 2018 Saliha BELKHIR
May 14, 2018 Artem Vyzhenko
May 14, 2018 Raven Vergara
May 13, 2018 Jackie Stone
May 13, 2018 Russell Chiappa
May 13, 2018 Leticia Andreas
May 13, 2018 Dorothy Henry
May 13, 2018 Brian Larson
May 13, 2018 Pat Griffey

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