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house Bill H.R. 1473

Re-Funding the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts With $190 Million

Argument in favor

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has been a hub of cultural activity since it was commissioned during the Eisenhower administration. As Kennedy would say, it furthers "our contribution to the human spirit."

GabeWatson's Opinion
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07/23/2015
Of all things we should be spending money on this is not bad at all. When people say "I haven't seen it, why should I pay for it?" It is a bad reasoning. I haven't gone to hundreds of national parks, why should I pay for those ones? I haven't seen dozens of memorials, why should I pay for those. The answer is because others have and others will continue to. As the descriptions states it is one of the most popular performing arts centers. Why not!
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Joyce's Opinion
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07/23/2015
The arts are important to a well rounded culture
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07/26/2015
Without art the riches of the world are worth nothing.
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Argument opposed

The federal government should get the John F. Kennedy Center off its books. Why should every taxpayer across the country have to pay for a performing arts venue that some have never been to?

John's Opinion
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07/23/2015
Absolutely not. If the citizens of DC and the surrounding areas want it, they can fund it. We are 18 TRILLION IN DEBT! STOP SPENDING!!!
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Joe's Opinion
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07/23/2015
18 trillion in DEBT. Little by little it all adds up.
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Richard's Opinion
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07/23/2015
Private sector funding. Not appropriate to use taxpayer funds to support this.
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What is House Bill H.R. 1473?

This bill would authorize $190 million from 2016 to 2020 for the maintenance, repair, and security of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts — plus capital projects for the center. The total amount of appropriations would rise from $37 million in the 2016 fiscal year to $40 million in the 2020 fiscal year.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is the busiest performing arts facility in the U.S. and annually hosts 2,000 performances that are attended by a total of nearly two million people. It was opened to the public in 1971.

Impact

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and people who attend events there.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1473

$170.00 Million
The CBO analyzed this legislation and found that while $190 million would be appropriated, implementing the projects funded by this bill would cost about $170 million from 2016-2020, which averages about $34 million per year in actual spending.

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In-Depth: Other provisions of this bill include: 
Appropriations set aside for maintenance, repair, and security would rise from $22 million to $26 million over that period. Capital projects appropriations would start at $15 million, drop to $13 million for two years, then rise to $14 million for the final two years of the 2016-2020 period.


Of Note: The Kennedy Center itself acknowledges that it sits at a unique intersection of private and public interests

"As the nation's living memorial to President Kennedy, the Center receives federal funding each year to pay for maintenance and operation of the building, a federal facility. However, the Center's artistic programs and education initiatives are paid for almost entirely through ticket sales and gifts from individuals, corporations, and private foundations."

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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user Matthew Straubmuller)

AKA

John F. Kennedy Center Reauthorization Act of 2015

Official Title

To amend the John F. Kennedy Center Act to authorize appropriations for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

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      house Committees
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
    IntroducedMarch 19th, 2015
    Of all things we should be spending money on this is not bad at all. When people say "I haven't seen it, why should I pay for it?" It is a bad reasoning. I haven't gone to hundreds of national parks, why should I pay for those ones? I haven't seen dozens of memorials, why should I pay for those. The answer is because others have and others will continue to. As the descriptions states it is one of the most popular performing arts centers. Why not!
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    18 trillion in DEBT. Little by little it all adds up.
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    The arts are important to a well rounded culture
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    Absolutely not. If the citizens of DC and the surrounding areas want it, they can fund it. We are 18 TRILLION IN DEBT! STOP SPENDING!!!
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    Without art the riches of the world are worth nothing.
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    Private sector funding. Not appropriate to use taxpayer funds to support this.
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    Our most important export is culture. This Center greatly supports the creation of new American cultural works. Rather, we can't afford to lose it!
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    This is luxury spending when we don't have to pay the bills.
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    A country is like a renaissance man. In addition to STEM and defense, it's not complete without the relevancy of the arts
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    Preserving and protecting our American culture includes supporting the arts of music, dance, and theater to name a few. Like the National Parks and the Smithsonian, the Kennedy Center is vital to American culture and history.
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    Being a performing arts student myself, I may be a bit biased, but I believe the Arts is something important to the American people, and to ALL people. We have been inspired by the fine arts for centuries, and this has driven people to do great things. Art. Art drove humans forward. You would think that's a little bit of an exaggeration, but it's completely true. We as homo sapiens are inspired by these arts. And when other famous artists inspire younger children, these children will look up to these artists, and these children could do great things if the artists are good people, and those children can grow up to do great things as well. Just from that famous artist inspiring them. The arts are something would should be putting more money into in my opinion.
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    Education and the arts are two of our most worthwhile investments. Also, they make up such a small fraction of our budget that they cannot be considered wastful by comparison to other spending areas.
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    The arts are an integral part of our culture! We must encourage all artists to continue to create, question, and inspire!
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    I will always be a proud supporter of the arts! The arts are what make American culture so special.
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    Supporting art is important to any country and highlighting ours for all to enjoy only cements our culture.
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    If we have money to pay for useless wars, we have money to fund the arts.
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    Theatre, and by extension art in general, is one of the most important aspects of the human condition.
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    A society flourishes when the arts are supported.
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    The federal government has no business spending money on things such as this when they are trillions of dollars in debt. China basically owns the United States because they own our debt.
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    Not until we are out of debt and have a balanced budget
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