House Bill Takes Aim At Radio/TV Marti
January 30, 2015 at 4:32 AM (PT)
Rep. BETTY MCCOLLUM (D-MN) has introduced a bill to end the RADIO MARTI and TV MARTI broadcasts to CUBA. The Stop Wasting Taxpayer Money on CUBA Broadcasting Act (H.R. 570) would end tax dollars going to the services, which MCCOLLUM says have cost taxpayers $770 million over 30 years.
MCCOLLUM said, “RADIO and TV MARTI are outdated Cold War artifacts. Our taxpayers should not be funding propaganda broadcasting. Instead, we should be working to facilitate efforts for the American people to engage directly with the Cuban people. As our country modernizes our diplomacy with CUBA for the 21st century it is a perfect time to re-evaluate how we are spending U.S. taxpayer dollars in CUBA. The radio and television broadcasting that we fund is simply not providing appropriate value and should be ceased immediately.”