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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


Jun 21, 2018 Georgena Askew
Jun 21, 2018 Laura B.
Jun 21, 2018 Lauren Amick
Jun 21, 2018 Kent McClelland
Jun 21, 2018 Mary Hard
Jun 21, 2018 Rick Van Benschoten
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Jun 21, 2018 Pam Rossi
Jun 21, 2018 Carol Ohlendorf
Jun 21, 2018 Marguerite Ogata
Jun 21, 2018 Lisa Atkins
Jun 21, 2018 Jon Fields
Jun 21, 2018 Hannah Perkins Please be a kind human being
Jun 21, 2018 Tracey Morris
Jun 21, 2018 Diane Gravette
Jun 21, 2018 jeannelle Navas
Jun 21, 2018 katarina terning
Jun 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 21, 2018 Jennie Long I'm a retired art teacher...the arts are the only way some kids can express themselves...VERY IMPORTANT!!!!
Jun 21, 2018 Ja'net Blanchard
Jun 21, 2018 Susanna Stone
Jun 21, 2018 Amanda Godin
Jun 21, 2018 Sandy Smith
Jun 21, 2018 Julie Woodman
Jun 21, 2018 Dianne Mancuso
Jun 21, 2018 Bridget Mahoney DePriest
Jun 21, 2018 Melissa Conrad
Jun 21, 2018 Lindsey Dakin
Jun 21, 2018 Mike Anderson
Jun 21, 2018 Gregory Esteve
Jun 21, 2018 Renelle Sherry
Jun 21, 2018 Ana Mendes
Jun 21, 2018 Jennifer Rusak
Jun 21, 2018 Dianne Noblett The hate in this government is astounding, and the greed, lets cut humanitarian aid so the filthy rich among us can have more money, yeah that’s the way to run this government!!!!!
Jun 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 21, 2018 nathalie fromont
Jun 21, 2018 Nicole Elliott
Jun 21, 2018 Carmen Sant
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Jun 21, 2018 Amy Kubin
Jun 21, 2018 Donald Hallcom
Jun 21, 2018 Bill Rosenthal
Jun 21, 2018 Linda McDougal
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Jun 21, 2018 Ines Figueiredo
Jun 21, 2018 Paul Zaroba
Jun 21, 2018 Paul Zaroba
Jun 21, 2018 Christine Meyer
Jun 21, 2018 Christine Kubik
Jun 21, 2018 Jessica Reigelman

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