The mean-spirited bill, HR 1 . . . eliminates the National Endowment of the Humanities, National Endowment of the Arts. These programs create jobs. The National Endowment of the Humanities is the reason we have in northern Nevada every January a cowboy-poetry festival. Had that program not been around, the tens of thousands of people who come there every year would not exist.
—Senator Harry Reid, claiming that the elimination of the northern Nevada cowboy poetry festival would result in the disappearance of tens of thousands of people (presumably they would be kidnapped and taken to Area 51 where they would be experimented upon by aliens)