Trump has proposed to entirely eliminate funding for the Corporation of Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), while simultaneously announcing plans to increase military spending by, oh, just $54 billion. The refinancing plan is rightfully concerning, and has caused an uproar throughout the artistic community. A new hashtag, #SaveTheNEA, has emerged online in protest of Trump's fiscal plans, as well as a petition to support Federal Arts Funding with more than 200,000 signatures.
In a response statement PBS president and CEO Paula Karger said:
“PBS and our nearly 350 member stations, along with our viewers, continue to remind Congress of our strong support among Republican and Democratic voters, in rural and urban areas across every region of the country. We have always had support from both parties in Congress, and will again make clear what the public receives in return for federal funding for public broadcasting. The cost of public broadcasting is small, only $1.35 per citizen per year, and the benefits are tangible: increasing school readiness for kids 2-8, support for teachers and homeschoolers, lifelong learning, public safety communications and civil discourse.”
Jane Chu, Chairman of the NEA, also released a statement:
“We are disappointed because we see our funding actively making a difference with individuals of all ages in thousands of communities, large, small, urban and rural, and in every Congressional District in the nation.”
Celebrities and artists around the world have come out in protest of the cuts:
Trump cutting funding to SESAME STREET but Melania has all the taxpayer money she needs to stay in her penthouse in NYC. #JusticeForBigBird
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) March 16, 2017
After all the wars are fought what remains are people, art, nature and culture. Trump can try but he cannot cut us out of the picture.
— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) March 16, 2017
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) March 16, 2017
Trump's budget is morally obscene and bad economic policy. It will cause pain to the people Trump promised to help.https://t.co/lC1xpLUJgE
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) March 16, 2017
Trump's budget cuts 3200 EPA workers but adds 1500 ICE agents. America will be getting dirtier and nastier in many ways. Blue States: RESIST
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 16, 2017
— Tribeca (@Tribeca) March 16, 2017
— The Met (@metmuseum) March 16, 2017
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) March 16, 2017
Annual federal budget...
for the entire NEA: $148 million
for the entire NEH: $148 million
for military marching bands: $437 million
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) March 16, 2017
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) March 16, 2017