House Republicans are planning to create a bill to take back the $25 million that the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts received in the COVID-19 response bill.

Wisconsin Republican, Bryan Steil said he planned to introduce the bill to take the money back from the center, according to the the Washington Examiner.

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

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise supported the idea during an interview on Fox News Monday night.

“Nancy Pelosi literally held the bill up for days to get her pet projects including the money for the Kennedy Center. Interesting she’d use the choice of words ‘fiddlers’ because it was the fiddlers, the violin players, all the musicians at the Kennedy Center that got laid off right as the bill got signed,” Scalise told Tucker Carlson.

“They ought to give that money back,” Scalise said.

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“But it shows you how misguided Pelosi’s priorities were,” Scalise concluded.



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A few hours after President Trump signed the $2 trillion CARES Act into law on Friday, an email, obtained by the Washington Free Beacon said that 96 members of the National Symphony Orchestra will not receive any paychecks after April 3.

“The Covid-19 Advisory Committee was broadsided today during our conversation with [Kennedy Center President] Deborah Rutter,” the email read.

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“Ms. Rutter abruptly informed us today that the last paycheck for all musicians and librarians will be April 3 and that we will not be paid again until the Center reopens.”

The email continued, “We understand this will come [as a] shock to all of you, as it did us,”

The president of the Local 161-710 of the American Federation of Musicians openly criticized the center’s decision, “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,” Ed Malaga said.

“That agreement specifically requires that the Center provide six weeks’ notice before it can stop paying musicians for economic reasons.”

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On March 12, the Kennedy Center announced it would cancel all public performances and events and shut its doors to the public through March 31.

The cancelations were later extended through May 10.