Trump’s new budget proposes $300 billion in new spending—but will completely end federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which provides federal funding for PBS and National Public Radio stations.
The CPB is a 50-year-old nonprofit that characterizes itself as “one of America’s best investments.” CPB President Patricia Harrison stated:
There is no viable substitute for federal funding that ensures Americans have universal access to public media’s educational and informational programming and services.
The elimination of federal funding to CPB would initially devastate and ultimately destroy public media’s role in early childhood education, public safety, connecting citizens to our history, and promoting civil discussions—all for Americans in both rural and urban communities.
Harrison said the cuts will hurt emergency alert systems and childhood programming, among other things.
PBS CEO Paula Kerger said at a TV critics meeting last July that a number of PBS stations across the country are dependent on federal funding in order to survive:
PBS will not go away, but a number of our stations will. There is no Plan B for that.
Beyond killing off the NASA Office of Education (& WFIRST), the budget also proposes to eliminate the NEA, NEH, and CPB (15% of funds for NPR / PBS).
As @JoeBiden said, "show me your budget, I'll tell you what you value". This budget decimates core national institutions.
— Mike Boylan-Kolchin (@MBKplus) February 12, 2018
Clearly, what CPB insinuates as "working with the WH and Congress" will, in fact, be plain and simple groveling, before a crowd that wants to eliminate NPR and PBS with extreme prejudice.
— Clifton Slater (@cslatersr) February 12, 2018
Something a lot of people don't know about CPB: They're the ones that make it possible for those weather warnings and Amber alerts that go to your phone and save lives. The funding is about $1.50 per person in the US. https://t.co/Tm9uUbfyTf
— TheTexasProgressive (@TX__Progressive) February 12, 2018
Elimination of CPB/PBS/NPR has been attempted in the past by Republicans – there will be a backlash by the public BUT it would not surprise me if they succeed this time. #Trumpworld
— Watchdog Progressive (@Watchdogsniffer) February 12, 2018
Trump’s budget requires congressional approval before it can take effect. Public broadcasting has survived previous presidential threats to cut its funding.
What do YOU think?
*Please let us know in the comments section below!*