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Public Broadcasting Federal Funding Update


Monday, April 9th, 2011

If you have been following events in Washington regarding the last minute effort to keep the government open, you may also have been wondering about the effect of the budget cuts and riders on public broadcasting. to that end, I am sharing the following information that just came in from our national association in Washington.



In light of the rapidly changing events in Washington, APTS wants to give you an update of the status of public broadcasting's funding in the continuing resolution (CR) that was negotiated last night. As you may know, earlier today the White House and Congress announced that they have reached a final agreement in the CR for the remainder of FY 2011 funding cycle. The final negotiated bill is still being drafted and will be voted on next week.


While we wonít know all the details until next week, at this point the Speakerís office is reporting that the CR contains no significant cuts to funding for public broadcasting. We have also been told that the negotiated bill will contain no policy rider which would place restrictions on public broadcasting funding. Initial reports state that the bill will contain a one percent across the board cut to all programs in order to help achieve the roughly $38 billion in cuts contained in the bill.


We will be sure to keep you informed as we learn the details of the bill, including any impacts on the other public broadcasting funding sources.


Jeffrey Davis

Vice President, Communications

Association of Public Television Stations



News reports indicate that this is just round one. The next two budget items that will occupy the attention of our legislators will be the FY 2012 budget and the debt ceiling.


Thank you for exercising your rights as a citizen and for contacting your legislators to express your feelings, pro or con, over these past several weeks. Your input continues to be important in the representative government we have.


Stay tuned for updates as events warrant.


Chet Tomczyk

President & CEO







Please call your representatives in Washington and ask them again to support public broadcasting:


U.S. Senators

Dick Durbin
(D) Illinois


(202) 224-2152


Mark Kirk
(R) Illinois


(202) 224-2854




Members of Congress

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Rodney Davis
(R) 13th District


(202) 225-2371


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Adam Kinzinger
(R) 16th District


(202) 225-3635


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Cheri Bustos
(D) 17th District


(202) 225-5905


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Aaron Schock
(R) 18th District


(202) 225-6201


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For further information contact Chet Tomczyk, WTVP President & CEO (309) 677-4747 chet.tomczyk@wtvp.org



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