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Engel on 2017 Congressional Art Competition

Engel on 2017 Congressional Art Competition

Washington D.C.—Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a top member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statement on this year’s Congressional Art Competition:

“The Congressional Art Competition has always been a wonderful exercise in artistic expression for high school students across the country, but this year a change to the rules which may lead to content censorship has me concerned. Censoring artistic expression is a slippery slope and stands completely counter to our values as Americans. I will allow the students in my district to participate in this year’s artistically limited competition, as I believe they deserve the opportunity to have their work and talents recognized in the halls of Congress. But it is my hope that in the future, those charged with writing the rules of the competition will uphold the spirit of the first amendment and freedom of speech.”