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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


Jul 18, 2018 Vera Justino
Jul 16, 2018 Jean Toler
Jul 16, 2018 Ari Schwartz
Jul 15, 2018 Alice Jacobson
Jul 13, 2018 OLGA COTTO
Jul 11, 2018 Michelle Lind
Jul 11, 2018 GABRIEL SANTAMARIA
Jul 11, 2018 Richard Cooper
Jul 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 10, 2018 Julie Capps
Jul 10, 2018 Kristin Trager
Jul 10, 2018 Mary Hunt
Jul 10, 2018 Becky Kosher
Jul 10, 2018 Beau Ryba
Jul 10, 2018 Jill Hann
Jul 6, 2018 Sergio P.
Jul 5, 2018 Nicole Smith
Jul 4, 2018 Ulpu-Maria Sulonen
Jul 4, 2018 Elizabeth Christy
Jul 3, 2018 Angela Haddock
Jul 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 3, 2018 Fawn Mcconnell
Jul 2, 2018 Ana Alvarez
Jul 1, 2018 FRED KAHN
Jul 1, 2018 Lois Freeman
Jul 1, 2018 Petra Jenkins
Jul 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 30, 2018 Darcy Phillips
Jun 29, 2018 Caroline Bird
Jun 29, 2018 Alba Chamorro
Jun 29, 2018 Mel Green
Jun 29, 2018 Juneko Robinson
Jun 28, 2018 kristy hayward
Jun 28, 2018 roseli rinaldo
Jun 28, 2018 Allen Olson
Jun 28, 2018 Erika Somlai
Jun 28, 2018 eve pro
Jun 28, 2018 Tyler Trimm
Jun 28, 2018 Lourdes Guzman
Jun 28, 2018 Nicoletta Cabassi
Jun 28, 2018 Maria Martins
Jun 27, 2018 Mary Thomas
Jun 27, 2018 Evelyn Parker
Jun 27, 2018 Thelma Ladeira
Jun 27, 2018 Animae Chi
Jun 27, 2018 Joan Cootes
Jun 27, 2018 Maria Dias
Jun 27, 2018 Dana Wolff Arts balance our lives
Jun 27, 2018 donovan israel
Jun 27, 2018 Margit Steidl These fundings deserve to be supported!

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