CPB Funding Outlook Better as Senate Panel Vote Nears

Jul 7, 2005  •  Post A Comment

A Senate appropriations subcommittee has scheduled hearings July 11 to consider the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s federal funding next year-and all indications are that public broadcasters will fare much better in the Senate than they did in the House of Representatives.

“They might not get the full funding requested, but I do not expect to see the same sort of drastic cuts that the House Appropriations Committee suggested,” Senate Appropriations Committee spokeswoman Jenny Manley said Thursday.

In the wake of a controversial publicity campaign by PBS and National Public Radio stations, the House voted late last month to restore $100 million of the cuts that had been proposed for CPB but declined to provide more than $100 million that public broadcasters want for other programs.

Among the witnesses slated to appear at the subcommittee session are Patricia de Stacy Harrison, CPB’s new president and CEO; and CPB Chairman Kenneth Tomlinson. The Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to vote July 14 on the funding measure.