Budget Bill Authorizes Funding For FCC, Broadcasting Board Of Governors, CPB
January 20, 2014 at 4:00 AM (PT)
The $1.012 trillion 2014 appropriations bill passed by the Senate THURSDAY by a 72-26 vote and awaiting President OBAMA's signature includes funding for the FCC, the BROADCASTING BOARD OF GOVERNORS, and the CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING. The bill is H.R. 3547 and avoids another government shutdown through OCTOBER.
The FCC is being authorized for $339,844,000 in funding, but is also being required to collect the same amount in offsetting collections to result in a final fiscal year 2014 appropriation of zero.
The BROADCASTING BOARD OF GOVERNORS received $721,080,000 for necessary expenses and MIDDLE EAST radio and television grants, and $8 million for capital improvements. A provision in the Act prohibits the use of funds to assist the PALESTINIAN BROADCASTING CORP. A minimum of $8,938,000 can be used for broadcasts into NORTH KOREA. An additional $4.4 million is designated for "International Broadcasting Operations" under the "Congress for Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism."
The CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING is receiving $445 million in funding.