Early this morning the U.S. House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution (H.R.1) that would set funding levels for the federal government from March 5 through the end of the federal fiscal year on September 30. The bill eliminates all funding for public radio, public television, and our stations’ online services.
The bill passed by a vote of 235-189. Every Republican in the House voting on the measure except for 3 voted for it; every Democrat voted against it.
Neither house of Congress is in session at all next week. The Senate, therefore, will take up the continuing resolution on February 28 with only five days to go before current authority to run the federal government runs out. This could have many repercussions; an NPR story on this topic is linked here.
The funding debate for public broadcasting (representing about twleve one-thousandths of one percent of federal spending) is not over. Signing up at “170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting” is one way to stay in touch with events as the story unfolds. And I’ll try to keep this blog updated as well…