• Home

Budget Arts Program

Posted: Updated:
President Trump Press Conference President Trump Press Conference

NEW YORK (AP) - For the second straight year, President Donald Trump is calling for the elimination of the National Endowment of the Arts and National Endowment of the Humanities.     

In the budget proposal unveiled Monday, Trump asks that both organizations begin to shut down in 2019, saying the NEA and NEH should not be federal responsibilities.     

The two grant programs were launched as part of Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society" domestic agenda in the 1960s. Some conservatives have long criticized them, but the NEH and NEA have bipartisan support in Congress, which last year voted to restore funding. The budget for each agency is slightly under $150 million.     

Trump is also again seeking to end federal support for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which also has strong backing in Congress.

 WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump's proposed 2019 budget (all times local):     

8:15 p.m.      President Donald Trump's budget plan would order steep cuts to the nation's social safety net but push military spending much higher.     

For the first time, it acknowledges that the Republican tax overhaul passed last year would add billions to the deficit and not "pay for itself" as Trump and other Republicans asserted.     

If enacted, though no presidential budget ever is, the plan would establish an era of $1 trillion-plus yearly deficits.     

The open embrace of red ink is a remarkable public reversal for Trump and his party, which spent years objecting to President Barack Obama's increased spending during the depths of the Great Recession.     

Yet Trump is in line with past Republican presidents who have overseen spikes in deficits as they simultaneously increased military spending and cut taxes.      

2:15 p.m.      More than 150 retired U.S. generals and admirals and more than 1,200 veterans are urging the Trump administration not to make steep cuts to the State Department, foreign aid and other overseas programs.     

In separate letters, the former military leaders and rank-and-file veterans are emphasizing the need to invest in diplomacy alongside America's military. The letters come as President Donald Trump again proposes slashing the international operations budget by almost one-third in his budget proposal.     

The retired generals include George Casey, David Petraeus, Stanley McChrystal and Wesley Clark. They say that "today's crises do not have military solutions alone."     

The list of veterans includes those from all military branches. They write that the U.S. must strengthen its global leadership amid escalating crises rather than weaken it by sidelining diplomacy and development assistance.

    • Texas News Minute

      The latest Texas news from The Associated Press
    • HTN Update: Police arrest Victoria man, seize shotgun and ammunition

      Happy Friday crossroads! I'm Newscenter 25's Amber Joseph with your Hometown News Update  The Victoria Police Department arrested a man on a burglary charge Wednesday morning. 

    • Coaches, AD react to growing college basketball corruption scandal

      According to a Yahoo Sports report Friday, players and family members allegedly received cash, entertainment and travel expenses from Andy Miller and his agency.  A balance sheet from December 2015 lists several payments under "Loan to Players," including $43,500 to Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith, who played at N.C. State last season.

    • Coast Guard interdicts lancha crews illegally fishing US waters

      CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Coast Guard law enforcement crews detected and interdicted Mexican lancha boat crews engaged in illegal fishing in federal waters off southern Texas, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. Coast Guard crews stopped two lanchas with a total of ten Mexican fishermen engaged in illegal fishing. The lanchas and 584 red snapper, totaling 2,814 lbs, were seized. The Mexican fishermen were detained and transferred to border enforcement agents for processing. “...
    • Victoria Police investigating crash; driver ran off

      Around 3:30 a.m. Friday morning. Victoria Police found a vehicle crashed into a pillar near the Victoria Mall. The driver was no where to be found. Authorities said it happened near Zac Lentz Parkway and Salem Road.  Officers checked with local hospitals to see if the driver needed care. 
    • Pet of the Week

      The Dorothy O'Connor Pet Adoption Center showcased two pets that need a forever home.  Ribbons is a charcoal Retriever, Lab, Terrier. She is five-months-old.  Our cat this week is Oliver. He is almost two-years-old. A small domestic short hair.  Click here for more.  Here's more on DOCPAC: Dorothy Hanna O’Connor Dorothy Hanna O’Connor (1907-1992), Victoria’s preeminent caregiver of dogs and cats, established Six Flags Humane Society in 1963 ...
    • Gov. Abbott Commutes Death Sentence Of Thomas Bartlett Whitaker

      AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation commuting the death sentence of Thomas Bartlett Whitaker following a unanimous decision by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. Thomas Bartlett Whitaker will now serve life in prison without the possibility of parole. Governor Abbott released the following statement: “As a former trial court judge, Texas Supreme Court Justice and Attorney General involved in prosecuting some of the most ...
    • Early voting numbers February 23

      REPUBLICAN Early voters in person today 263 Total early voters in person to date 750 Total ballots by mail requested to date 1300 Total ballots returned to date 733 Total early voters to date 1483 

    • GenTx Find Your Way to Pay Day

      As graduation season approaches, most seniors anticipate college. But money can often be a concern.  Victoria College, and the University of Houston-Victoria are partnering with gen-tex, to bring a free event to educate students and parents. 

    • Coast Guard, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi sign Memorandum of Agreement

      CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Coast Guard and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi officials signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) regarding cooperation in education and recruiting efforts Tuesday. Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, Eighth Coast Guard District commander, signed the MOA with Dr. Kelly M. Quintanilla, president and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The agreement optimizes outreach and engagement for the Coast Guard’s recruiting efforts while assisting A&M-Corpus C...
Current Conditions
/