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activity which teaches all the other members quite a bit about what's
going on. And then the two heads of N.E.A. and N.E.H. will make a
report at each meeting on what they're doing and how this committee
could help them, or what suggestions they might have for it.
Has the Committee, in fact, defended the N.E.A. and N.E.H.? As
AH. It doesn't need to. The fact that here is a committee which
once a year meets at the White House, Mrs. R. invites us to lunch at
the White House. If you look at the composition of the Committee,
it's a shield that's just there. Given the fact that N.E.A. and
N.E.H. are not that big in the total picture, the Executive
recommends a ten percent cut every year, and then Senate and the
House put it back in again.
So you haven't had to do any lobbying, as it were?
Not really, no. We don't need to because in the House and the Senate there is great sympathy for this; for N.E.A. and N.E.H..
It's only in the White House that there wasn't very much advocacy for
the arts and humanities.
What about your interactions with Mrs. Reagan on this? Anything
Well, she was a pretty tense lady the other day. She's
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