Congress Delays Vote On Pubcaster Cuts
June 19, 2006 at 6:04 AM (PT)
The WASHINGTON TIMES is reporting that Congress has delayed a vote on an appropriations bill that would cut funding for public broadcasting. The $85 million cut to the budget of the CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING is a 17.4% cut from present funding levels and would specifically target the "Ready to Learn" and "Ready to Teach" PBS programs as part of 50 total programming cuts, and would cut funding for public stations' digital transition.
Despite the cuts, CPB funding would remain at about $400 million total for the next two fiscal years. The House Appropriations Committee voted last TUESDAY to restore $20 million originally cut from the CPB budget.