Trump Will Propose Shutting Down National Arts and Humanities Endowments

President Trump plans to propose eliminating the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities in his budget for the 2018 fiscal year, which is scheduled to be released Thursday morning, The New York Times reports.

The Times report cited two unnamed officials with knowledge of a meeting on Wednesday at which Jane Chu, chairwoman of the arts endowment, disclosed the plan to her staff.

The news was not unexpected, as The Hill reported in January that Mr. Trump, who at the time had not yet taken office, planned to shut down the two endowments, which for decades have provided grants and other support to scholars, research projects, cultural outreach, artists, and others in higher education. Supporters of the endowments said in January that they planned to defend their budgets by taking their case to the public.

The Times reported that Mr. Trump would be the first president to call for the elimination of the endowments, 52-year-old agencies whose budgets amounted to just under $300 million of the $3.9-trillion 2016 federal budget.

At the staff meeting, Ms. Chu said the arts endowment would continue to operate normally, in disbursing grants and otherwise, while Mr. Trump’s budget wends its way through Congress.

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