Big Bird will be fine. These agencies will not.
President Trump released his much-anticipated budget on Thursday, and the funding cuts are being dissected left and right.
There are 19 federal agencies that have the distinction of facing a 100 percent cut — i.e. extinction. The cuts to these agencies total about $3 billion. They offset about 6 percent of the $54 billion Trump wants to add in military spending.
But what do these agencies do? Below, we explore.
1) Corporation for Public Broadcasting
This is, of course, the agency that helps fund public broadcasters nationwide, including NPR and PBS. As The Fix’s Callum Borchers reported this week, though, the CPB is actually a small portion of the funding for those national public media outlets. The proposed cuts would be felt much more by local public broadcasters, which account for about 90 percent of its more than $440 million in grants.
2) National Endowment for the Arts
This is the agency that delivers grants to fund and promote various fine arts across the country. Having recently turned 50, it was launched by President Lyndon B. Johnson as a way of helping foster the arts as part of the Great Society. Its budget is $148 million.
3) National Endowment for the Humanities
Similar to the NEA — and with the same $148 million budget and launch date — the NEH deals with grants for education programs related to culture.
4) Institute of Museum and Library Services
Launched 20 years ago under President Bill Clinton, this agency is the main federal funder of local libraries and museums across the United States. It had a budget of $230 million last year. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) has targeted it for elimination before, arguing museums and libraries should be funded by the private sector.
Now for the lesser-known agencies targeted for elimination…
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Source: The 19 agencies that Trump’s budget would kill, explained – The Washington Post