Trump again seeks to eliminate NEH and NEA arts funding

February 12, 2018

From left, Charlotte (N.C.) Mayor Vi Lyles, Carolyn Goodman, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Maine Gov. Paul LePage, Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, President Donald Trump, Vicksburg (Miss.) Mayor George Flaggs, Jr., Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, Esteban Bovo, Jr., Miami-Dade County, Fla., Commissioner, and Wichita (Kan.) Mayor Jeff Longwell, participate in an infrastructure meeting in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

NEW YORK (AP) — For the second straight year, President Donald Trump is calling for the elimination of the National Endowment of the Arts and National Endowment of the Humanities.

In the budget proposal unveiled Monday, Trump asks that both organizations begin to shut down in 2019, saying the NEA and NEH should not be federal responsibilities.

The two grant programs were launched as part of Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” domestic agenda in the 1960s. Some conservatives have long criticized them, but the NEH and NEA have bipartisan support in Congress, which last year voted to restore funding. The budget for each agency is slightly under $150 million.

Trump is also again seeking to end federal support for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which also has strong backing in Congress.

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