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Trump Is Now Facing Repercussions After Cutting Millions Of Dollars From Holocaust Museums

A bipartisan group of 64 members of Congress wrote a letter to the Interior appropriations subcommittee, demanding the reveals on Donald Trump’s $3 million in funding cuts to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

“In our view, the mission of the museum has never been more important, particularly as the number of anti-Semitic attacks around the world rises,” the letter said. “Now is not the time to cut funding for this national treasure.”

Reps. Stephanie Murphy, (D-Fla.), Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), John Katko, (R-N.Y.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), spearheaded the letter. According to the letter, Trump’s cut would return the museum’s budget to its 2016 level of $54 million, is roughly a 5 percent decrease.

“Attempts to cut funding for the museum are misguided, and this letter demonstrates a strong, bipartisan commitment to protecting the museum and the educational value it provides to all Americans,” said Sinema.

According to the budget proposal, the cut “will assist in meeting the President’s budget objectives, while still providing adequate funds to cover pay increases and rising costs for current services for the Museum’s facilities and collections. The decrease is achieved by reductions in staff and selected non-pay areas.”

According to CEO of anti-Semitism watchdog group the Anti-Defamation League, Jonathan A. Greenblatt, cutting funds to the museum would be a major “mistake.”

“The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is the most important American institution preserving the memory of the six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis and educating future generations about the importance of combating hate and bigotry,” he said, echoing the letter’s call for Congress to fully fund the museum.


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