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Under the Republican proposal, the Kennedy Center's budget would be slashed by 20 percent.
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Under the Republican proposal, the Kennedy Center's budget would be slashed by 20 percent.

House Republicans are proposing massive budget cuts to some of D.C.'s most popular attractions.

Republicans say deep spending cuts are needed because the White House and Senate Democrats aren't taking the nation's debt seriously. Those cuts would include a 50 percent slash of the budget of the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities. They also want to lop twenty percent off the budgets of the Smithsonian, the National Gallery of Art and the Kennedy Center. That has upset some legislators.

"To cut fifty percent from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Humanities, this costs the country in terms of who we are as a society," says Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), who walked out of the committee hearing this week.

Moran accuses Republicans of trying to dismantle the federal government under the guise of fiscal responsibility. He says there are certain programs that can only be run by the federal government.

"Humanities have played a role throughout history: it's about civilization and it's about society. Unless there is a government role then the humanities are solely what benefits the corporate sector," says Moran.

The Republican proposal may become a moot point because there's a growing consensus on Capitol Hill that lawmakers are running out of time and will decide to just maintain last year's funding levels.

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