Decision Maker Response

Tom Udall’s response

Feb 28, 2017 — Thank you to Jonathan for taking the time to fight for funding for the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities by starting this petition -- and thanks to everybody who signed it.

The arts and humanities are an important part of the culture, tradition and tourism economy of New Mexico and communities throughout the country, and the NEA and NEH are the lifeblood of programs that keep these creative communities alive. Through their support for performances, lectures, films, literature, music, libraries, museums, and colleges, among others, the NEA and NEH have expanded our exposure to art and culture, inspired creativity and empowered free expression.

Senator Gillibrand and I wrote a letter to President Trump to highlight the critical contributions that these programs make to our society, education system and economy. As a chair of the Senate Cultural Caucus, and Ranking Member of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the NEA and NEH, I will do everything I can to ensure support for these crucial programs continues.