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Scalise Backs Bill Revoking $25M From Kennedy Center Following Layoffs

By Dominick Mastrangelo April 1st, 2020 | Image Source: Washington Examiner

Rep. Steve Scalise said he would support a bill demanding the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., to give back the $25 million it is set to receive as part of the coronavirus relief funding passed by Congress last week.

“It shows the misplaced priorities of Speaker Pelosi,” Scalise said Monday on Fox News. “While everybody else was working together … Nancy Pelosi literally held up the bill for days to get her pet projects including the money for the Kennedy Center.”

Hours after President Trump signed the bill, 96 members of the National Symphony Orchestra were told they were furloughed until the center reopens.

The NSO has canceled performances until mid-May, citing public health concerns related to the coronavirus.

The president of the Local 161-710 of the American Federation of Musicians said the moves taken by the center are “illegal.”

“This decision, from an organization with an endowment of nearly $100 million, is not only outrageous — coming after the musicians had expressed their willingness to discuss ways to accommodate the Kennedy Center during this challenging time — it is also blatantly illegal under the parties’ collective bargaining agreement. That agreement specifically requires that the center provide six weeks’ notice before it can stop paying musicians for economic reasons,” Ed Malaga said in a statement.

Rep. Bryan Steil, a Republican, says he plans to introduce a bill that would take back the $25 million appropriated to the center.

“This money should be spent fighting the virus or in taxpayers’ pockets!” Steil said.

Trump previously said of the millions going to the center, “That was a Democrat request. That was not my request. But you got to give them something.”

Author: Dominick Mastrangelo

Source: Washington Examiner: Scalise backs bill revoking $25M from Kennedy Center following layoffs

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