Entertainment Unions Vow to Fight Donald Trump’s Proposed NEA Elimination

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Several entertainment unions, including the IATSE, oppose President Trump's plan to defund the National Endowment of the Arts.

Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by on March 19, 2019.

Calling President Donald Trump’s proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts “short-sighted at best,” Actors’ Equity Association has vowed to continue fighting what has become an annual Trump tradition.

[Eleven unions, including the IATSE, join Actors’ Equity.]

“For the third consecutive year, the Trump administration’s budget has proposed the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts,” said Equity president Kate Shindle in a statement. “Given that the arts drive a larger share of America’s economy than transportation, tourism, agriculture and construction, this proposed elimination is short-sighted at best.

“The NEA is a vital program that creates middle-class jobs in every Congressional district in the nation, which is exactly why a bipartisan majority in Congress has twice rejected President Trump’s proposals to eliminate it. Actors’ Equity will continue fighting to protect the NEA’s critical seed funding that helps theatrical productions get off the ground all across the country.” …

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