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CPB, APTS Call Trump’s Budget ‘Devastating’ to Public Media

Budget would reportedly rescind all but $15 million for public media in both FY2019 and FY2020

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump released his proposed budget for the 2019 fiscal year on Monday and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has wasted little time in coming out against its impact on public media.

According to CPB, the proposed budget would rescind all but $15 million in funding for public media in both FY2019 and FY2020.

Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of the CPB, released the following statement in response to the president’s budget proposal:

“Americans place great value on having universal access to public media’s educational and informational programming and services, provided commercial free and free of charge. Since there is no viable substitute for federal funding that would ensure this valued service continues, the elimination of federal funding to CPB would at first devastate, and then ultimately destroy public media’s ability to provide early childhood content, life-saving emergency alerts and public affairs programs.


“Fortunately, Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate, and the overwhelming majority of their constituents, understand these contributions—and our impressive return on the investment of one-hundredth of one percent of the federal budget—very well,” Butler said in his statement. “We are grateful that Congress approved full funding for public broadcasting in FY2017, and we are hopeful that Congress will continue its support for public broadcasting in the final appropriations bills for FY2018, FY2019 and beyond.

The president had previously proposed to zero out CPB’s budget, as well as the National Endowment for the arts, for the FY2018, but Congress voted down those parts of the proposal.