GOP seeks to claw back Kennedy Center's $25M stimulus payout, as opera house continues layoffs
Added 03-31-20 05:29:01pm EST - “Two Republican congressmen are now seeking to reclaim the $25 million allocated in the recent coronavirus stimulus bill to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as reports emerged Tuesday that the opera house will furlough…” - Foxnews.com
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Two Republican congressmen on Tuesday introduced legislation to reclaim the $25 million allocated in the recent coronavirus stimulus bill to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as reports emerged Tuesday that the opera house will furlough roughly 60 percent of its full-time administrative staff after already suspending pay for more than 700 part-time employees and musicians.
Also on Tuesday, Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russ Vought urging the administration to freeze the money by submitting a rescission request to Congress under section 1012 of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act. Scott wanted the White House to cut off not just the Kennedy Center funds, but also billions of dollars in other "wasteful" spending, including $75 million for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and $30.8 billion for an "Education Stabilization Fund" that he argued would enrich already wealthy universities.
The one-two punch highlighted growing frustration with the Kennedy Center, which issued a statement as the stimulus bill was nearing passage that the $25 million payout was appropriate, in recognition of the center's "unique status" as a "living presidential memorial" and a major "job creator."
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