The proposed budget from House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan would erase funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, although chances that the proposal will move forward are considered slim, reports Current.
Ryan said federal subsidies for CPB and the National Endowment for the Humanities can “no longer be justified,” according to the budget document released last week.
“The activities and content funded by these agencies go beyond the core mission of the federal government,” the document notes. “These agencies can raise funds from private-sector patrons, which will also free them from any risk of political interference.”
Ryan has been proposing zeroing out funding for the CPB “as long as he’s been chairman of the Budget Committee,” notes Patrick Butler, the president of the Association of Public Television Stations. He added that given it’s unlikely the proposed budget will advance, “this is more of a statement from the chairman.”