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Federal budget deal would spare arts agencies

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/1/2017 By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — The new federal spending bill would spare — and even slightly increase — funding for three arts-related agencies that President Donald Trump had proposed eliminating: the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities.

The agreement announced Monday calls for the CPB's budget to remain the same for fiscal 2017, at $445 million. Spending would go up for the NEA and NEH, each from $148 to $150 million.

The arts community had denounced Trump's proposed cuts and members of both parties had opposed them. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, a Trump supporter, was among those saying the NEA should be preserved.

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