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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.


Petition Signatures

Mar 19, 2018 Marlene EMMETT I'm so glad that I went to school when there was sitt arts & music classes in school ! Art/Music are important to a child's development ! Bring back art/music to the classrooms !
Mar 18, 2018 Allison Lansberry
Mar 18, 2018 Peggy Keller
Mar 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 10, 2018 Vitor Costa
Mar 10, 2018 Jessica Haag
Mar 10, 2018 Ronald Wolniewicz
Mar 10, 2018 Courtney Wirt
Mar 10, 2018 donna stoddard
Mar 10, 2018 Brian Gottejman
Mar 10, 2018 Carol Maindonald
Mar 8, 2018 Inessa Shakhnazarian
Mar 8, 2018 Ashia Castendyk
Mar 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 6, 2018 María Florencia Martínez
Mar 4, 2018 María Jesús Escobedo Barrera
Mar 4, 2018 Eva Avrampou
Mar 3, 2018 Sara Bakker
Mar 3, 2018 Fernanda Magri
Mar 2, 2018 Kayleigh Brown
Mar 2, 2018 sally maytham
Mar 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 1, 2018 Tenaya Egbert
Mar 1, 2018 Cindy Risvold
Mar 1, 2018 Magdalini M.
Mar 1, 2018 Barbara Bunton
Mar 1, 2018 Alice Gem
Mar 1, 2018 Ofelia Lam
Mar 1, 2018 jovita prinz
Mar 1, 2018 Dena Shelangoski
Mar 1, 2018 Miriam Wesselink
Mar 1, 2018 Carla Compton
Feb 28, 2018 Daniela Rossi
Feb 28, 2018 Kirk Taylor Mr Trump has done more to damage the goals of the bulk of America in less time than most any Gee, oh Peeer has done in a full term.
Feb 28, 2018 Susan Closson
Feb 28, 2018 yola ileen gitter Without the humanities people become so boring and stale. We do not need to fight anymore wars. Money needs to go for the people not wars.
Feb 28, 2018 Susan Walsh
Feb 28, 2018 Hamid Ebrahimi
Feb 28, 2018 Fuji Takashi
Feb 28, 2018 Cristina Jercan
Feb 28, 2018 Devi DM
Feb 28, 2018 Pam Bixter
Feb 28, 2018 Teresa Allen
Feb 28, 2018 ‪Katy Gutovich‬‏
Feb 28, 2018 Rachel Colomb
Feb 28, 2018 Denise Sisler
Feb 28, 2018 Kathi Aker
Feb 28, 2018 Michael Crowden
Feb 28, 2018 Theresa Thornburg

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