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Trump defends $25 million in Kennedy Center funding in coronavirus stimulus

Added 03-25-20 06:57:02pm EST - “President Trump on Wednesday defended the inclusion of $25 million in funding for the Kennedy Center as part of the massive economic relief bill aimed at boosting small businesses and workers harmed by the fallout of the coronavirus.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Trump defends $25 million in Kennedy Center funding in coronavirus stimulus”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe pandemic is bad, we need the capability to measure just how bad Florida governor wants federal disaster area declaration Amash calls stimulus package 'a raw deal' for 'those who need the most help' MORE on Wednesday defended the inclusion of $25 million in funding for the Kennedy Center as part of the massive economic relief bill aimed at boosting small businesses and workers harmed by the fallout of the coronavirus.

Trump fashioned himself a supporter of the arts, arguing the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Centeris deserving of assistance given its inability to put on shows as officials ban large gatherings to try and curb the spread of the virus.

"I’m a fan of that," Trump said of the funding. "Although I haven’t spent time there because I’m far too busy. I’d love to go there evenings but I’m too busy doing things."

The president said an initial draft of the Senate’s roughly $2 trillion economic package called for $35 million in aid for the performing arts center, a figure that was later decreased to $25 million.

Both Republicans and Democrats included funding for the Kennedy Center in their initial proposals, though some conservatives have cited it as an example of unnecessary spending in a bill meant to immediately assist workers and small businesses upended by the coronavirus.

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