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House to Big Bird: Fly on Your Own

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This week a House appropriations subcommittee recommended dramatic reductions in the federal government's financial support of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) for the next two years, and eliminating all funding in 2015.

The spending bill would rescind $111.3 million from next year's advanced appropriations and $222.5 million from 2014 appropriations. The CPB has requested $445 million for 2015.

"This would put public broadcasters on a glide path to independence... and finally get Big Bird out of the nest! I believe public broadcasters are perfectly capable of making it without government subsidies

"While many Americans are making sacrifices around the country to make ends meet, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has been unwilling to do the same. Even as media and information have become more accessible than ever, funding for CPB has exploded. Over the last decade, CPB's funding has increased nearly 31 percent, from $340 to $441 million."-- Doug Lamborn (CO-05)

Last month, Congressman Lamborn sent a letter to the chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education requesting the elimination of all federal funding for CBP.

The subcommittee's recommendation will be considered next week by the full committee and will then head to the Floor for consideration by the entire House.

Last year, Congressman Lamborn passed H.R. 1076 in the House, which for the first time ever, would have eliminated all federal funding for National Public Radio. Congressman Lamborn has led the effort in the House to eliminate all federal funding for CPB, introducing legislation in both the 111th and 112th Congresses.


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