rescinds cut in Public Broadcasting
Street and other children's programming will continue on local PBS
of the Associated Press
Bird and National Public Radio won a reprieve Thursday as the House
restored $100 million that had been proposed as a budget cut for
the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
284-140 vote demonstrated the enduring political strength of public
broadcasting, whose supporters rallied behind popular programs such
as "Sesame Street," "Postcards from Buster"
and "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer."
we want to live in a society where pop culture dictates
all that is offered on the airwaves?"
Nita Lowey, D-N.Y.
Public Broadcasting Service undertook a high-profile campaign to
rescind the proposed cut. Lawmakers were flooded with letters and
The vote came
as the House worked on a $142.5 billion spending bill for health,
education and labor programs for the budget year beginning Oct.
Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee had cut $100
million from $400 million in previously enacted support. The committee
also eliminated subsidies for educational programs and technological
was set up by Congress in 1967 to shield public broadcasting from
political influence. It distributes federal subsidies to PBS, NPR
and hundreds of public radio and television stations.
who favored the cuts said federal subsidies provide only about 15
percent of the public broadcasting budget. "Big Bird and his
friends can fly on their own," said Rep. Ernest Istook, R-Okla.
PBS still might
end up with less money than in its current budget. The legislation
would eliminate a $23 million for the Ready to Learn program, which
subsidizes children's educational programming and distributes learning
advocates say $82 million is set to be cut for satellite upgrades
and a program to help public TV stations switch to digital technology.
the cut said public broadcasting provides programming not available
want to live in a society where pop culture dictates all that is
offered on the airwaves?" asked Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y.
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