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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


Sep 10, 2017 Luis Chelotti
Aug 31, 2017 JoAnn Evans
Aug 28, 2017 Adam Fransella
Aug 27, 2017 P Perry
Aug 27, 2017 Natasha Moore
Aug 27, 2017 Sandra Zeigler
Aug 27, 2017 Debbie Meadows
Aug 27, 2017 Lori Hernandez
Aug 25, 2017 G. Smith
Aug 24, 2017 Wendy Kasprzyk
Aug 21, 2017 Gil Hackel
Aug 19, 2017 Pam Botts
Aug 19, 2017 Susan Wilson
Aug 14, 2017 Rebecca Harper
Aug 10, 2017 Gilberto Simao
Aug 9, 2017 Laurie Fisher
Aug 9, 2017 Thomas Windberg
Aug 9, 2017 Quentin Fischer
Aug 9, 2017 Tracy Davis
Aug 9, 2017 Toby Cardoso
Aug 8, 2017 Margo Salone
Aug 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 5, 2017 Elaine Heathcoat
Aug 5, 2017 Susan Armistead, M.D.
Jul 30, 2017 Reid Larimore
Jul 29, 2017 Liz SEFF
Jul 26, 2017 Roseann Maziarek
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Jul 25, 2017 kellyann morander
Jul 25, 2017 Terri Eckard
Jul 25, 2017 Eva Sandhammar
Jul 24, 2017 John Atkins
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Jul 24, 2017 Rilla Heslin
Jul 23, 2017 Sophie Miranda
Jul 23, 2017 James Murphy
Jul 23, 2017 dawn longo
Jul 23, 2017 Ashley Rozanski
Jul 23, 2017 Thao Vu
Jul 23, 2017 R. Vanstrien
Jul 23, 2017 refhan irtem
Jul 23, 2017 Leland Griffin Jr
Jul 23, 2017 Karl Koessel
Jul 23, 2017 Brian Reynolds
Jul 22, 2017 Alanna Reuben
Jul 19, 2017 Helena Miller
Jul 19, 2017 Srinivas Pochana
Jul 19, 2017 Elizabeth Frost
Jul 19, 2017 Mark Warren
Jul 13, 2017 brad horner

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