According to Americans for the Arts, the House Rules Committee green-lighted an amendment sponsored by Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI) which would cut funding to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) by $23 million each – a 15% cut to each agency.
The House and Senate proposals, which would instead increase funding for the NEA and NEH, are strongly supported on a bipartisan basis.
Rep. Grothman told the Rules Committee members that Congress should support President Trump, and President Trump wanted to terminate both of these agencies. To Rep. Grothman, this a small step to rein in spending and should be a vote for “Trumpsters,” as he put it.
A number of guilds, societies, and unions have spoken out in opposition to the amendment, as well as Americans for the Arts, which is currently running an advocacy campaign in daily newspapers.