CPB Statement on House Labor-H Subcommittee Funding Bill
July 14, 2023
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 14, 2023) – Patricia Harrison, President and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), made the following statement today on the House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-H) Subcommittee’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 funding bill, which does not include legislative text for CPB or advance funding for CPB in FY 2026. The bill also does not fund system interconnection and infrastructure for FY 2024, a cut of $60 million from current levels.
“Americans in rural and urban communities who depend upon public media content and services are very disappointed by the House Labor-H subcommittee’s move to eliminate CPB’s two-year advance funding. The elimination of this nearly 50-year funding structure would destroy the firewall that protects public media’s independence, and significantly weaken the public-private partnership that enables stations to raise needed funds.
“Public media has always enjoyed strong bipartisan support, affirming its essential role in strengthening our nation’s civil society. The federal appropriation ensures universal access to free, high-quality, innovative, and diverse content that educates and enriches the public dialogue.”
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