President Donald Trump has worked to institute a number of policies and changes since his inauguration into office back in January, the most notable being the travel band and possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
Resurfacing most recent in the news is the possible cut to the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities as the administration looks to changes for the upcoming budget, USA Today reports. The fear has existed as early as Trump’s inauguration, and the possibility is facing some backlash on social media.
— Senator Jack Reed (@SenJackReed) February 18, 2017
when you find out trump is gonna cut funding for the national endowment for the arts which funds PBS which funds Arthur pic.twitter.com/zCxS23Hacy
— mandy (@pray4mandy) February 23, 2017
The initial news came from the New York Times Friday, stating they obtained an internal memo within the Office of Management and Budget. Beyond the NEA and NEH, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Legal Services Corporation and AmeriCorps were also named.
Passed in 1965, the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act set into motion the NEA and NEH. Section 2 of the Act states as a reason for it’s creation: “The arts and the humanities reflect the high place accorded by the American people to the nation's rich cultural heritage and to the fostering of mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all persons and groups.”
“I’ve only been here for four weeks, so I can’t take too much of the blame for what’s happened,” said Trump in a remark during a budget meeting Tuesday. “But it is absolutely out of control, and we’re going to do things that are going to be tremendous over the years. We have to take care of our military.”
During that same meeting, Trump also commented on a new healthcare policy as well as the rest of the budget plans which should be submitted sometime in March