As you may have heard, yesterday, President Trump proposed to Congress $18 billion in cuts to the current fiscal year’s federal budget. The proposed cuts are being made to offset higher than projected defense and border security spending. The cuts include, among other things, $15 million cuts to both the NEA and NEH. Please read the following message from Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Executive Director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund. http://www.artsactionfund.org/ This message is important and shows next steps and what YOU can do to help combat this proposal.
Earlier this month, we reported that the White House had proposed eliminating all funding to the National Endowments for the Arts (NEA) and the Humanities (NEH) for next year’s FY 2018 budget. Today, the White House took yet another brazen step and proposed that Congress cut $18 billion immediately from a targeted list of federal domestic programs out of the current year’s FY 2017 budget, with only six months left in the fiscal year. The stated purpose of the new cuts is to offset higher proposed defense and border security spending.
Specifically to the arts, today’s White House proposal attempts to cut $15 million each from the NEA and NEH, which would wreak havoc in being able to administer pre-scheduled grants to nonprofit and governmental arts agencies at the local and state level.
Top Republican appropriation leaders in Congress reacted hesitantly to the proposal as a whole, stating the cuts were too big and too late in the fiscal year. They gently reminded the President that it’s Congress who writes the appropriation bills to determine how to spend taxpayers’ money.
Here are the actions that you can take right now to tell Congress to stop any last minute attempts to retroactively cut funding to the arts in the current fiscal year:
1. Take two minutes to send a customizable message to your elected representatives in Congress and urge them to oppose any attempt to cut funding to the NEA and NEH.
2. Post on Facebook and Twitter to help rally national support to #SaveTheNEA. There is strength in numbers and your social media friends can help.
3. Join the movement! Sign up (for free) to become a part of the national arts advocacy movement and stand up for the arts.