Discretionary Spending

Function 500 - Education, Training, Employment, and Social Services

Reduce Federal Funding for the Arts and Humanities

CBO periodically issues a compendium of policy options (called Options for Reducing the Deficit) covering a broad range of issues, as well as separate reports that include options for changing federal tax and spending policies in particular areas. This option appears in one of those publications. The options are derived from many sources and reflect a range of possibilities. For each option, CBO presents an estimate of its effects on the budget but makes no recommendations. Inclusion or exclusion of any particular option does not imply an endorsement or rejection by CBO.

Billions of dollars 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2015-2019 2015-2024
Change in Spending                        
  Budget authority 0 -0.4 -0.5 -0.5 -0.6 -0.6 -0.7 -0.8 -0.8 -0.9 -2.1 -5.9
  Outlays 0 -0.3 -0.4 -0.5 -0.6 -0.6 -0.7 -0.7 -0.8 -0.8 -1.9 -5.5

Note: This option would take effect in October 2015. Estimates are relative to CBO’s August 2014 baseline projections.

Federal funding for arts and humanities programs includes payments to the Smithsonian Institution, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Gallery of Art, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs program. This option would cut federal support for those programs by 25 percent and would not adjust future appropriations for inflation.