- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 16, 2017

The National Endowment for the Arts and dozens of other federal programs would be eliminated under President Trump’s first budget.

In his budget message to Congress Thursday, Mr. Trump said he wants to zero out funding for many long-standing federal programs “to move the nation toward fiscal responsibility” and to “redefine the proper role of the federal government.”

The NEA, an independent agency created by the federal government in 1965, received $148 million from the federal government in 2016.

Mr. Trump also is proposing to eliminate federal funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities, which also has a budget of $148 million, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, $445 million.

Among the other agencies for which Mr. Trump proposes to eliminate federal funding are the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Legal Service Corporation, the African Development Foundation, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the United States Institute of Peace, the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Some of the programs targeted by Mr. Trump, such as The Denali Commission, the Delta Regional Commission and the Appalachian Regional Commission, have been on the chopping block for years under various administrations, including by President Obama. They have survived with the support of key lawmakers, including some powerful Republicans.

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