U.S. Holo­caust Mu­seum Faces Trump Bud­get Cuts

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Nathan Guttman

The White House’s 2018 bud­get pro­posal in­cludes a 5% cut in the bud­get of the U.S. Holo­caust Me­mo­rial Mu­seum.

Now, law­mak­ers are step­ping up to de­feat this pro­posed cut.

The Hill re­ported June 9 that a bi­par­ti­san slate of 64 mem­bers of Congress sent a let­ter to the rel­e­vant ap­pro­pri­a­tions sub­com­mit­tee, de­mand­ing to re­verse the cut, which amounts to $3 mil­lion and would re­turn govern­ment fund­ing of the mu­seum to the 2016 level of $54 mil­lion.

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

The Anti- Defama­tion League’s na­tional di­rec­tor, Jonathan Green­blatt, also spoke out against cut­ting the Holo­caust Mu­seum’s bud­get, not­ing its role in “ed­u­cat­ing fu­ture gen­er­a­tions about the im­por­tance of com­bat­ing hate and big­otry.”

The Na­tional Jewish Demo­cratic Coun­cil is­sued a state­ment call­ing on Congress to re­verse the cut, which it de­scribed as part of a pat­tern of in­sen­si­tive ac­tions by Trump on is­sues re­lat­ing to the Holo­caust.

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Chop­ping Block: The Wash­ing­ton mu­seum could lose $3 mil­lion.

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