House of Representatives Restores $100 Million in Funding for Public Broadcasting
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Bipartisan majority supports Obey-Lowey-Leach amendment to restore funding to grants to local public stations and national programming
WASHINGTON ?Äì June 23, 2005 ?Äì John Lawson, president and CEO of the Association of Public Television Stations (APTS), applauded the actions of the House of Representatives today to restore $100 million in federal funding for public broadcasting.
[..] Lawson said: ?ÄúI am inspired by the response of millions of Americans, who understood that these cuts were tantamount to a direct attack on public television and radio. More than 100 of our stations, some of the last, locally controlled and independent media voices in our country, let their communities know about these cuts. That community, in turn, let Congress know how important public broadcasting is to the people of America.?Äù Lawson continued: ?ÄúWithout this victory, our stations would have been in a severe financial bind. Some smaller stations would have gone off of the air, with the entire industry being placed at risk from a very negative ripple effect.?Äù
[..] Lawson said the fight for funding now moves to the U.S. Senate. ?ÄúWe appeal to the Senate to again play its historic role of strong, bipartisan support for public broadcasting,?Äù he said.
Ann: Good news indeed. Many homeschoolers depend on public television for its programming. Now my letter goes to my Senators, Murray and Cantwell.
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