Thanks to your efforts, we're making good progress toward ensuring that public broadcasting maintains its funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 and beyond. We still have a long road ahead of us, but as Congress gears up to leave for its summer recess, here's a quick update on where we stand in the federal funding process for public media:
- The full House Appropriations Committee passed its Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS-Ed) FY 2018 spending bill, which includes full funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and Ready To Learn.
- Unfortunately, the House did not include funding for Interconnection - which provides the essential infrastructure that allows your stations to broadcast your favorite programs - in its budget.
When Congress returns from its summer recess after Labor Day, we will have work to do to ensure that all public media funding, including funding for Interconnection, is included in the Senate spending bill and any final spending bill negotiated between the House and the Senate.
In the next few weeks, we'll be following up with some light, poolside reading on why federal funding for Interconnection, CPB, and Ready To Learn is essential to our local stations. We hope this will help us get geared up to protect public media funding when Congress returns.
We couldn't have made it this far without your help and look forward to continuing to work together to preserve public media.
The Protect My Public Media Team
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